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Semi-Open Thread – First Amendment and BOR Preamble

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It’s comment time. I’d love to see what my readers have to say on the following topic. How do you interpret the First Amendment to the US Constitution in regards to the preamble of the Bill of Rights?

Preamble to the Bill of Rights (relevant excerpt)

The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.

First Amendment to the US Constitution

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.

Canada – Liberal Mecca

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That wonderful liberal mecca of Canada is a great place to see liberal free speech in action. Unlike America, where you’re allowed to criticize pretty much anyone you want (as long as you aren’t two or more people gathered together to criticize a candidate within 60 days of an election), Canada can prosecute you for saying the wrong thing. For instance, you can be prosecuted in Canada for saying that homosexuality is immoral, wrong, and generally a bad idea. Not so in America, but that’s because the liberals haven’t completely taken over yet. In Canada, the only approved opinion on homosexuality is that it is moral, right, and such a fantastic idea that EVERYBODY should do it.
Another thing that Canada has a penchant for doing is outlawing news coverage of certain topics. That’s exactly what they’ve done. Of course, all I have to do is link to Captain’s Quarters to assist Canadians in finding information about the banned news story. Canadians who feature that same link on their own blogs can be prosecuted, but I have the protection of the US Constitution.
Let’s see. Canada has no freedom of the press. They have no free speech. They have no right to own firearms. Their health-care system sucks, and is government-run. They have price-controls on drugs.
Yep. Sounds like a liberal mecca to me.

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