“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.” – The Bill of Rights, Amendment I
Peaceably assemble…that is a very important part of the First Amendment. There has been a lot of discussion lately following the violence that took place at a planned rally for Donald Trump in Chicago last week. Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, the law provides guidance on how to decipher what happened.
As you can see above, the First Amendment provides the right to free speech. As written in the Bill of Rights, Congress can not make law restricting free speech. Therefore there is no law to prevent Trump from holding this rally and speaking freely. Whether you agree or disagree with him, he has that right.
The problem with all of this is not whether or not Trump has this right. The problem is those who have taken liberty with the First Amendment to believe it is their right to forcefully stop Trump from speaking. That is not a right provided in the First Amendment. Instead, it’s another in the long line of examples where the left who preach tolerance, do not exercise tolerance. Whether it’s Trump in Chicago or Ben Shapiro in LA, the left demonstrates intolerance and a true disregard for free speech. In their world, everything is to be tolerated, unless you are right-wing and conservative.
Somewhere along the way, the left (with support from the media) have redefined “civil disobedience” as the “right to free speech”. Civil disobedience occurs when protesters do not assemble “peaceably” as described in the First Amendment. Free speech is not civil disobedience. We have recently been witness to ways in which the left and the media have equated civil disobedience with free speech. We witnessed it when we saw acts of violence in Baltimore, Md. and Ferguson, Mo..
The media and the left unilaterally decided that the First Amendment protected these heinous acts. How did they do this you ask? The leftist White House and leftist local government officials in Baltimore irresponsibly told us so. If you don’t recall, listen for yourself to the mayor of Baltimore below who was in continuous consultation with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Obama:
And, what about the media’s role in this? Let’s just say that silence speaks volumes. Very few news agencies, reporters, nor the cronies they call expert guests, took a stand and decried these acts. Those who did, were immediately labeled as racist. We watched businesses burn and people lose their life savings during the events in Ferguson, Mo. because of civil disobedience.
Again, civil disobedience and free speech are not one in the same. Any provocation through civil disobedience has now become accepted and we are expected to be tolerant of it. That my friends is Bovine Excrement! Once we start tolerating it, we have lost the civil society. We can not allow the left and the media to redefine the Bill of Rights. Ronald Reagan knew the difference and refused to let others redefine it. Not only do we lack that kind of leadership today, we are subject to a president who is the polar opposite.