been thinking about this a bit. Lets work our way thru the 1st.
CONGRESS – not the states , not the people, not the judiciary, not the President
SHALL MAKE NO LAW -shall have no bill legislature or rulings
RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION,
OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXCERSIZE THEREOF;
This is NOT the founders wanting separation of church and state, It is the fact that they wanted no national religion as they had in England with the church running everything. This is saying if you want to pray to god, you are free to do so in whatever manner you want. This is NOT saying you are not allowed to pray in the White House or the rotunda. THE only thing it says is that CONGRESS is not allowed to make a law. If the states want to include god in their life, they are free to. (anything not expressively prohibited in the constitution is left to the states and the people).
Since the only prohibition on this is to CONGRESS, that would leave it to the several states and most importantly THE PEOPLE.
OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH;
The founders most definitely wanted us to be able to tell what we think to whomever would listen, with out being told what NOT to say (have at it, you PC crowd).
OR OF THE PRESS;
They wanted the press to be able to write about the government with out fear. It did NOT qualify whom was to be deemed “the press”. My little blog here is an example of the new “press”. Have we become such lame brains that we cannot tell what is fake and what is real? knowing that the press will try to assuage us in one direction or another? That read and verify is no longer a thing? This new push for getting rid of “fake newsites” is in direct opposition to this amendment. What are they going to do next , pull the “National Enquirer” off the store shelves now? Does this not speak of government control of information? The way communist and totalitarian governments work?
OR OF THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR REDRESS
The emphasis on peaceably is mine. RIOTS do not count. Do you remember where the term “get off your soapbox” came from? It’s because people used to stand on soap boxes to be recognized when they wanted to speak in public.
These are just some of my thoughts on this. May post more later as I think about it.