The First Amendment – First For a Reason
February 16, 2011 2 Comments
“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.
Wisdom and enduring relevance more than two centuries later.
One wonders if today’s Congress could be as wise.