The First Amendment – First For a Reason

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“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.”

It never ceases to amaze me how eloquent, prescient and radical the founding fathers of our country were when they crafted the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 222 years ago.

In barely enough characters to fill two tweets, the first (and arguably most important) amendment covers our most cherished freedoms: religion, speech, press and assembly to air grievances against the government.

Wow, think about the freedoms we enjoy — no, take for granted —  when you look at what’s happening Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Iran and other places in the world today.

Wisdom and enduring relevance more than two centuries later.

One wonders if today’s Congress could be as wise.

About Ron Casalotti
I am part of that lucky generation that started out when watching TV meant choosing from three networks, three independents and PBS. Now, I work in new media for businesses and organizations - but these thoughts are my own.

2 Responses to The First Amendment – First For a Reason

  1. Nancie Meng says:

    Loved this entry, Ron.

    Like

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