Do we really have the freedom of speech?

20 Mar 2015 Ferado

I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the constitution lately, and some of the court cases that have happened since the founding of America. The one thing we all seem to over look is the fact the first amendment is only for the Federal Government, and not the individual States.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

See the first word there, Congress? Well, that’s the United States congress; not Florida state or any other state you happen to live in.

Although, luckily, the courts decided to broadly interpret the words of Thomas Jefferson as basis for saying the first amendment affects States as well. I wonder if the Judge knew that Thomas Jefferson didn’t even sign the constitution? Thomas Jefferson may have been involved in the American Revolution, but he wasn’t in town when the constitution was signed.

My next post will be about our right to bear arms, and how we’re not allowed to overly regulate that right…because, well, constitution.