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Dissent in America And Our Constitution

Written by | April 17th, 2009

Well, apparently dissent in this country has become a thing of convenience for some, but is expected to be tucked away when it no longer benefits the current administration, or people who have opposing points of view, and grievances against government policies.

Let’s start here …The United States Bill of Rights are The First Ten Amendments to The United States Constitution.

  • First Amendment: 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.

Let’s focus for a moment on the right of the people peaceably to assemble… In fact, to better state my case, I will first disclose a few personal facts…I voted in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections and did not vote for President Bush or President Obama, however, I am more then happy to commend or criticize both of them, and that is also my right, thankfully, as an American. I did not particularly agree with The War in Iraq, and I did not get out and protest against it, however, I did watch thousands of people protest in Philadelphia, and around the country.

I have listened to the far left side of the mainstream media hammer President Bush incessantly for eight years; even in light of the fact that we were attacked by terrorists on September 11th. Now, starting with The George Bush administration, and increased exponentially by the current administration, billions of tax payer dollars have been used to prop up failing companies, starting with failed government policies, such as The Community Reinvestment Act, and The Fannie and Freddie Mac housing meltdown. If that is not enough for anyone that has much faith in government managed programs, then I really can’t say too much else to convince you otherwise; nor will I attempt to.

To disagree with government policies would likely fall under our First Amendment Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, and our First Amendment Right, not abridging the freedom of speech. As Americans, thankfully, we can bring our grievances to the government.

In the past, some of us have been called anti-American for not agreeing with some of President Bush’ s policies, and most recently, a relative told me that I should leave The United States if I am not happy; and why did they say that? Because I want to get involved in a process with other like-minded Americans who are also concerned about these billions of dollars in bailouts and trillions in proposed policies, while thousands of Americans are losing their jobs and life savings? Anti-American? Leave the country? I constantly write about my love for this country. I constantly write about our founding fathers and the great courage and sacrifices that they exhibited in the name of creating a modern day Republic, and freeing themselves from a repressive form of government.

I have the utmost respect for the men and women that bravely fight for this country and our freedom, even if I do not agree with the particular cause.

I do not own, carry or shoot guns; in fact, for better or worse, I’m not a real big advocate of civilian gun ownership, especially when carried or transported outside of the home; however, I do respect our Constitution and an American citizen’s Second Amendment Right to bare arms.

I do not like a lot of the bias media coverage that I hear, in particular from the far-left media, however, I would rather hear it then to have them silenced by the government; as Freedom of Press is another one of our First Amendment Rights. So, I will ask directly…who exactly is anti-American? Myself, or someone that does not care about our founders visions, The American Constitution; people that sympathize with hateful terrorists that fly airplanes into skyscrapers, or someone like myself, that believes in putting our National Security above all?

Now, The Department of Homeland Security, our own government officials, puts out a report called The Extremism Report: Risk Assessment, which contains these words… (U) Exploiting Economic DownturnRight wing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures. The perceived loss of U.S. jobs? So concerned Americans, from all sides of the political spectrum, are now being lumped into a report on Extremism? In all fairness, I can understand them war-gaming for real threats in an economic downturn, but to marginalize average American citizens who are concerned about their lives and families… It is simply insane!

So, I will ask again…who exactly is anti-American? Is it people that care deeply about preserving our Constitution and Traditional American values, Far-Left Progressives who are willing to throw our Constitution, God and every other American tradition into The Atlantic Ocean? Or is it our government who appears to be out of touch with a great many Americans, or “some” in the media who are trying to promote their progressive vision of America? Or do we all simply have a Constitutional right to “peacefully” and “lawfully” think and discuss what and how we feel?

The people that organized and attended these nationwide tea parties are good intentioned, bi-partisan, hard working, concerned tax payers, with a grass roots, common person effort, that did nothing more then exercise their Constitutional rights as Americans. As far as I know, there was not one report of violence or civil unrest that day. As long as we have a Constitution, then we, as Americans, need to respect our Constitution; and to try to silence a fellow American for exercising their Constitutional rights, would be to also silence our own Constitutional rights.

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3 thoughts on “Dissent in America And Our Constitution

  1. markross Post author

    Yep! I hear that!

    During The Vietnam War, when there was much anti-government dissent, we had people in this country setting off bombs in political, and law enforcement agencies; and how are they punished? By being embraced by political leaders, and made professors in universities that are educating our children.

    Nope, no double standard here…

  2. markross Post author

    You know, it really is very sad if you stop and think about it…

    The Department of Homeland Security has the audacity to call average Americans, the ones that pay their salaries, right-wing extremists?

    It is this incessant name calling and labeling that is causing the divisions in our society and in politics. You would hope that we could have a better discourse from our government.

    It is interesting how they can call the last administration arrogant, when then are as much, if not more arrogant.


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