by E.D. Gordon
The first amendment is the most important one.
|The first amendment guarantees each and every American the right to freedom of speech, without this right some of the most important and influential Americans voices would not have been heard. The voice that comes to mind is Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. Kings words and the non-violent spirit of his character played an enormous role in the Civil rights movement. His speeches were full of bravery, substance, and determination of spirit. There were many who tried over, and over to silence him, but his voice would continue to resonate within the very heartbeat of the American soul. His, "I Have A Dream Speech", so spirited and well spoken would stand as a symbol of freedom and justice for African Americans throughout the country, his voice still speaks loudly within our society today. Without the first amendment and the voice of Dr. King, it would be impossible to fathom equal rights for African Americans in our society today.
There are many groups who hide behind the first amendment to justify hate speech. There are rallies that invoke hate in their speech, and indeed hate is the very premise of their platform but the first amendment not only allows it but places it upon the taxpayer to pay for these rallies.
Freedom of Speech carries with it the need to be understanding, respectful, and remain peaceful when faced with an opposing view, and at times a violent view.
There can be nothing more fearful, nor restraining, than to feel as if your voice is not being heard. The first amendment, although can be used for violent and unlawful behavior, must never be altered, changed, added to, lessened, or any way diminished from its current standing. It is a freedom that we must fight for, even if it requires us to fight on our knees.