It prohibits any laws that establish a national religion, impede the free exercise of religion, abridge the freedom of speech, infringe upon the freedom of the press, interfere with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibit citizens from petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted into the Bill of Rights in 1791. The Supreme Court interprets the extent of the protection afforded to these rights. The First Amendment has been interpreted by the Court as applying to the entire federal government even though it is only expressly applicable to Congress. Furthermore, the Court has interpreted the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as protecting the rights in the First Amendment from interference by state governments.
Freedom of Speech / Freedom of the Press
The most basic component of freedom of expression is the right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech may be exercised in a direct (words) or a symbolic (actions) way. Freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The right to freedom of speech allows individuals to express themselves without government interference or regulation. The Supreme Court requires the government to provide substantial justification for the interference with the right of free speech where it attempts to regulate the content of the speech. Generally, a person cannot be held liable, either criminally or civilly for anything written or spoken about a person or topic, so long as it is truthful or based on an honest opinion and such statements.
Despite the popular misunderstanding, the right to freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment is not very different from the right to freedom of speech. It allows an individual to express themselves through publication and dissemination. It is part of the constitutional protection of freedom of expression. It does not afford members of the media any special rights or privileges not afforded to citizens in general.
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The Founding Fathers understood that without our right and ability to protect ourselves from government, our First Amendment freedoms would soon be in jeopardy. … Our right to free speech, to assemble, for a free press and freedom of religion found in the First Amendment are completely dependent on the Second Amendment
Simple common-sense reason for the first amendment.
It is quite clear from reading the 1st amendment as well as from reading of the federalist papers, that the purpose of the first amendment is to ensure that all people be free to live their life as they choose as long as their choices do not directly cause harm to others, without interference from government or any source of power. Furthermore, the founding fathers understood that to maintain a functional democratic republic, NO power source should become larger than the sum of its people. All people were created equal in the eyes of the law.
The term Fourth Estate or fourth power refers to the press and news media both in explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues. Though it is not formally recognized as a part of a political system, it wields significant indirect social influence.
In our current media environment, Big Tech and the MSM have as much if not more power than much of the government.
While the constitution did not specifically deal with the power of the MSM or big corporations, since these did not exist at the time of the constitution, any person with an ounce of common sense understands the constitutional protections of free speech include protection from attack by the fourth estate!
Freedom of the press means freedom form governmental persecution. It does not mean freedom from retribution when the press abuses its power.
Media and big techs abuse of power.
This blog is not the location for the discussing as to “if the MSM and big tech” have colluded and abused its power. There is certainly a need for a public discussion on this topic but for the purpose of this blog the examples below equate to undisputed and massive abuse of power and collusion by the MSM and big tech to change the outcome of an election. A short sampling of the Media and Demonic Rats collusion listed below:
- Russia collusion hoax
- FBI and CIA spying on a campaign and the related coverage
- Special counsel – Mueller – Weisman – Abuse of power
- Media lie claiming Trump said there were good Nazi’s
- Brett Kavanaugh Attacks
- Supporting random and abusive subpoenas by congress
- Pushing fake impeachment
- Not reporting on anything negative relating to Joe Biden or his son Hunter, Including claiming without any evidence that the laptop was Russia collusion.
- Big tech – blocking all post they deemed negative to Joe Biden.
- Partaking in theft of election
- Continuously portraying the election as above board with nothing to be reviewed.
Constitutional solution to abuse of power
The constitutional solution to abuse of power by any unequal and out of control power source is as stated clearly in the constitution, A well-regulated Militia. Plain and simple the MSM and big tech should be eliminated for their treasonous interference in the power granted to government by “We the People”
Long term solutions to the MSM and big tech power grab issues.
Once the current treasonous batch of power-hungry traitors who call themselves the media and big tech are reduced to size, a set of rules and regulations need to be in place to assure those grabbing power, never abuse their power again. The following are my ideas and open for discussion.
No media company shall be allowed to be owned or affiliated through common ownership with any organization or corporation.
Big tech cannot edit anything on any platform by rule unless the topic is entirely forbidden to anyone posting. If someone is breaking the law the authorities should be notified and this should be done publicly.
No media shall have more than 70% of its hosts, guests or editors who are supporters of the same political parties.
Any media company can still spew any crap they want to, but they must inform the public they are lying, and their programming is fictional in nature. (every show no less than once every 5 minutes)
If these rules are not followed by big tech, the company and its officers shall be liable for anything posted on their site and all officers should be personally liable equal to an amount totaling their insurance limit plus 200% of the income earned in big tech and accumulated wealth. There shall be no statue of limitation of these lawsuits.
If a media organization is found to not be in compliance, this organization should be shut down, and all hosts, editors and officers should be fined an amount totaling their insurance limit plus 200% of the income earned in big tech and accumulated wealth.
by Anti-Karl Marx