First Amendment

  1. 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
    In 1964 I began paying attention to the First Amendment.

    At UC Berkeley Mario Savio became the leader of the student free speech movement after students were arrested for talking about the civil rights movement and handing out flyers regarding voter registration, and civil rights for Negros.
    Berkeley's Fight For Free Speech Fired Up Student Protest Movement : NPR

    Now more than a half century later the First Amendment is again making news on that campus.

    An event with Milo Yiannopoulos amd Ann Coulter was cancelled by the student association that had planned to host them. Yannopuolps announced he would spesk anyway. Local and campus police had planned for the event. Police had announced thhat the speakers were welcome, but no weapons were allowed and no one could cover their face.
    One person was arrested after sneaking in with a weapon and putting on a mask. Otherwise he was there, but turnout was low. (Maybe people didn't want to stand in line to go through airport like security.)
    Loud protesters shouted that they should not be allowed to speak on campus.

    Mario Savio spoke FOR the First Amendment. He wasnter discussions and debates about the Viet Nam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and other issues of the day.
    He would not want those who disagreed with him banned. I think Mario was right.
    Milo Yiannopoulos complains about Sproul crowd size, blames police - SFGate

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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   herring_RN
    President Trump expressed his opinion


    Stevie Wonder said a prayer for America:
  4. by   Farawyn
    He is a dotard of colossal proportions.
  5. by   elkpark
    Quote from Farawyn
    He is a dotard of colossal proportions.
    Which was blatantly obvious before the election; and, yet, he still got elected somehow ...

    There's a great HL Mencken quote I've been thinking of frequently since the election:

    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
  6. by   toomuchbaloney
    Lots of white people are not comfortable with the protest of nonwhite people. We seem to believe that their speech should confirm to some rules or requirements which are more acceptable or convenient for us.
  7. by   BCgradnurse
    I am incensed over this whole "Take a Knee" protest and the knee jerk reaction of so many who feel the troops have been disrespected. The protest has NOTHING to do with the military, and I don't know how things got so twisted. I respect those who serve, and feel a bigger issue is that they have crappy healthcare, poor job opportunities,and non-existent housing. I don't hear nearly the outrage about this as I do for someone kneeling at a football game. The black community has been criticized for protesting violently. Now there's the same vitriol for a totally peaceful statement. They are not being heard and that is not right.

    Our veterans have fought and died for freedom, which includes the freedom to peacefully protest. This freedom is protected by the Constitution, which so many so-called patriots claim to love. Seems like only a certain portion of Americans get to exercise that freedom. Sadly, that includes white supremacists and Nazis, but not people with black or brown skin. What happened to Liberty and Justice for All??
  8. by   elkpark
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    Our veterans have fought and died for freedom, which includes the freedom to peacefully protest. This freedom is protected by the Constitution, which so many so-called patriots claim to love.
    Many claim to love it, but shockingly few people know what's in it -- recent new polling:

    If you are way into politics, you are not the average American. Not even close.

    A new poll from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center reveals how shockingly little people know about even the most basic elements of our government and the Constitution that formed it ...


    Americans know literally nothing about the Constitution - CNNPolitics

    The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania – Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions

    I don't think it's coincidence that the election of Trump occurred in the setting of this level of civil ignorance.
  9. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from elkpark
    Many claim to love it, but shockingly few people know what's in it -- recent new polling:

    If you are way into politics, you are not the average American. Not even close.

    A new poll from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center reveals how shockingly little people know about even the most basic elements of our government and the Constitution that formed it ...


    Americans know literally nothing about the Constitution - CNNPolitics

    The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania – Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions

    I don't think it's coincidence that the election of Trump occurred in the setting of this level of civil ignorance.
    It's not a coincidence of all. Remember, he loves the uneducated and played right to that crowd.
  10. by   herring_RN
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    "Son of a *****" versus "Very fine people"

    The President of the United States makes statements that are rightfully banned from ALLNURSES.
  11. by   margin261
    Herring- I read that the Berkley protest wasn't so much cancelled as it was never really organized as advertised. Someone interviewed the guy at Berkley who is in charge of events & he said they never confirmed-or contacted- most of the speakers. And getting them to pay took forever. But the whole time they complained of being persecuted by the left & said they were trying to shut them down. Which was probably the whole plan to begin with!

    As for the first amendment- have y'all seen where Roy Moore- the repub senate candidate from AL- said it only applies to christians? That's his latest proclamation. He's also said he believes homosexuality should be illegal & believes in conversion therapy. And he won the primary. We really don't need another religious zealot in congress. He's worse than Pence!!

    Ok, I could type a book on trump's craziness in the past week- but y'all already know. So I'll stop ranting here, lol!
  12. by   Lil Nel
    Yes, I have read some Roy Moore's comments and beliefs online. He also doesn't believe that Muslims should be allowed to sit in Congress.

    The only solace I take in Moore's winning the primary is that he comes from a DEEP red state that is steeped in racism and bigotry. So there is nothing new there.

    Yes, it would have been nice if AL would have moved into the 21st Century with most of the rest of the country, but it hasn't. I never travel there, nor would I travel there.

    I advise all to stay away!
  13. by   Lil Nel
    Now the Bum is literally demanding that NFL players remain standing during the National Anthem. So, besides being the Bum, he is officially a dictator.

    I hope the NFL players remain strong and remain kneeling.

    The Bum needs to go. And again, I don't care how the removal comes about. This country has had enough of his stupidity and the lack of willingness on behalf of the Republican party to reign him in. He needs to move on out.
  14. by   toomuchbaloney
    Some NFL players (according to Sports Illustrated) knelt together before the anthem and stood during the anthem after Trump's demand that they all stand. .

    They were booed by fans in the stadium.

    That is (more) evidence that the animus and anger directed toward these Americans has NOTHING to do with the anthem, the flag, the military or respect.

    In my view, it's all about the belief that these men are sons of ******* who should learn, from some very fine people, that proper protest involves tiki torches and confederate or nazi flags. THAT is the way to properly protest without offending Old Glory.

    When millions of Americans are more offended by citizens kneeling during the anthem than they are with citizens congregating with confederate flags in front of the White House, there must be underlying reasons that drive the emotions of the offended. Because it is otherwise obvious that proudly brandishing the flag of enemies is much more disrespectful than quietly kneeling rather than standing during the anthem.

    What are the reasons for that? I suspect that there are quite a constellation of triggers for that type of a response. What do you suppose the most common ones are?

    Racism is deeply embedded into American culture. In some places, protesting racism feels like a protest of America in general. I think that too many white people are deeply in denial about racism in this nation.

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