Fact Check: Why the Founding Fathers Put Free Speech in the First Amendment
(RightWing.org) – One of the biggest targets of the Progressive Liberals in this Second Civil War America is fighting seems to be the Freedom of Speech for all citizens. They go on the rampage against any word, picture, or symbol that runs counter to their precious Socialist/Communist Agenda in pathetic attempts to erase and rewrite history.
It was fear of times like this that sparked the Founding Fathers to put freedom of speech, religion and the press in the First Amendment to the Constitution. The three of them together share a common goal, which is to ensure that unpopular and, yes even hurtful or hateful points of view, are not stamped out of existence.
- Religion — those who wrote the documents establishing our country decided against making Christianity the official religion so that groups like Muslims or Hindus would not be marginalized.
- The Press — they did not want opinions that run counter to those of whatever group is in charge to be removed from the site of the citizens.
- Speech — they felt that if somebody wanted to take a public opinion against, for example, overthrowing England’s dominion or in favor of permitting the institution of slavery to continue, they had the absolute right to do so.
Even in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, the merits of these ideals were hotly debated and so they sought compromise. The results of those compromises became the Bill of Rights.
- James Madison, who was arguably the chief architect of that document, is quoted as saying, “[o]ur First Amendment freedoms give us the right to think what we like and say what we please… we must have these rights even if they are misused by a minority.”
- John Adams, who became the second President of the United States (POTUS) did not share Madison’s view and the danger of that was demonstrated by his push to pass the Sedition Act of 1798. This legislation gave him nearly unchecked power to punish publishers who disagreed with him.
- In 1919, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a ruling in the case of Schenk v. the United States. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. penned the unanimous decision giving us the phrase “you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater,” essentially limiting government intrusion on the Freedom of Speech to things likely to cause immediate panic.
- In recent years, some Liberal mainstream media sources have once again walked their path of historical revisionism and selective application of their “standards.” First, they demand every person who comes up for nomination to SCOTUS will adhere to the legal doctrine of obeying precedent so as to protect the abortion decision of Roe v. Wade. Then, they turn around and try to claim that a unanimous decision of the High Court is neither binding nor law.
Madison and those like him fought hard for the right of every American to speak their mind for good or for ill. They even made the decision to place it as number one among the first of the ten amendments they decided upon. By trying to erase all vestiges of the Confederate States of America (CSA) because they stood for something “wrong,” they’re attacking the very foundation of the freest and most open nation the world has ever seen.
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