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Off the Editor’s Desk – 6 -25-2014

Do you all know what are the five freedoms that are guaranteed you as citizens of this country under the first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States?

 One of those freedoms is the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. We have seen that right exercised locally, especially in Glenwood City and the Town of Forest, when local residents gathered to have their views heard by local officials, over local issues that were being discussed.

You can state your views without fear of financial or physical harm. You can address your feelings by voice or a written document to government bodies. However, the government body may not agree with you and can proceed in the direction it deems best.

Now comes an item across my desk that tells a story of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, led by Saturday Night Live comedian turned politician, Minnesota’s own Al Franken.

The Committee members are trying to overturn the Supreme Court decision, which states “overturning onerous restrictions on political free speech go directly counter to their mission statement to enforce and protect constitutional rights,” says Rick Manning, of the Americans for Limited Government.

Manning continued, “Rather than accept the Court’s decision or waiting for a future Court to review it, Senate Democrats are moving forward with an amendment to the U. S. Constitution that would specifically allow Congress to make laws that restrict the right to petition the government under the dubious, newly created fundamental principal of political equality for all.”

There is a drive and it is growing to put all the power in the hands of one large government and that power will control our lives. There are many people, some in high offices that would like to silent anyone that has an opinion that differs for theirs.

The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called the “Bill of Rights.”

The five rights in the first amendment are: freedom of religion, speech, press, right to peaceably assemble and the redress of grievance.

The First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.”

The Second Amendment is?

Thanks for reading. — Carlton