First Amendment Rights – Freedom of the Press

The First Amendment of the US Constitution protects the press from laws that would take away the rights to publish their content. That is the essence of the freedom of the press clause in the Constitution. Even with that guarantee there are many restrictions on the press.

The press cannot publish false information that damages a person’s reputation or livelihood. This is libel, and it is a criminal offense. The press is not guaranteed or granted unrestricted access to, nor can they publish material that is classified or against the national interests of the United States. These laws are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the restrictions on the press.

Being part of the press corps at the White House is not protected by the First Amendment. This is a privilege to the journalists and news agencies who have been granted this access to the President and the Administration. Those individuals and news agencies can have that access revoked. Especially if they violate protocol or the law.

Jim Acosta, the CNN journalist, has violated protocol at the very least. He also has allegedly committed assault against a female White House intern. For these reasons his press pass was revoked by the White House.

But of course some Leftist black-robed unelected tyrant Judge has overstepped their Constitutional authority and reinstated Mr Acosta’s White House press credentials. And until we take back our Liberties this judicial opinion is treated as law. However, the White House is still within it’s authority and bounds to refuse to call upon Mr Acosta and may deactivate any mic he happens to force out of any one else’s hands.

The American People need to understand their rights. They must know them. They must know that they do not come from the government but the come from God. Government is only there to acknowledge these rights and protect these rights.

Mr Acosta’s rights were not violated when his press pass was revoked. This is a privilege not a right to be at the White House press briefing. His freedom of the press was not removed. His right to due process does not apply as this is an administrative action to a privilege. His rights were maintained.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

As America celebrates Independence Day, two concepts always enter the discussion: barbecues and quasi-legal fireworks. And between food-induced comas, we occasionally talk about freedom and our rights. We all have different ideas about what these concepts mean, but the Left has some pretty kooky ideas about them.

freedom

What the Left believes it means: the ability to do what you want when you want
What it really means: the ability to do what you want without negatively impacting others

rights

What the Left believes it means: the legal authority to do what you want when you want
What it really means: the legal authority to do what you want without negatively impacting others

That’s right, kids. Freedom and rights are not necessarily interchangeable. You may have the freedom to yell “fire” in a crowded theater, but it’s not a right. Now, if you yell “movie” in a crowded firehouse…

Where the Left gets the two concepts mixed up is when they apply it to what they would like to happen. Take the entire concept of “safe spaces,” for example. The idea behind them is to allow people the Left believe aren’t getting enough attention to speak freely in a comfortable surrounding where their voices will be heard and accepted.

In other words, it’s an echo chamber.

Now, try to be someone who doesn’t “belong” in a safe space. Your right to express yourself goes away faster than Bill Clinton’s pants on Spring Break. And don’t expect the Left to take up your cause because you’re not one of them. They will restrict your freedoms faster than you can say the first syllable in “First Amendment.”

Meanwhile, they claim any time they disrupt a conservative speaker it’s free speech. Just YouTube any of Milo Yiannopoulos’ speeches during his Dangerous Faggot Tour, especially the one involving Trigglypuff. But I would advise you not to eat while you watch it.

In the particular scenario referenced above, the Left has taken the freedom to speak their minds…sorry, hive-mind and equated it to their right to speak. One tiny problem with that approach. You do not have a right to be an asshat. Interrupting a speaker exercising his or her right to free speech is pretty much the definition of being an asshat, and it doesn’t exactly help your case.

Where the rest of us get confused is because we don’t see rights and freedom separately. Quite the contrary. We see rights and freedom as connected as your fingers when using Super Glue on anything, except the thing you’re trying to glue. The difference between the two is there is no legal support for freedoms. If you claim you have the freedom to run around naked in your backyard, that’s cool, but try to exert you have a right to run around naked in your backyard and you’ll have the cops arresting you for indecent exposure. (Or so I’ve heard…)

Rights are concepts that require a really good reason to have them curtailed. And, no, protecting your fee-fees from opposing opinions isn’t a good enough reason. Going back to the “fire” in a theater example for a moment, there is a greater need for personal safety than the right to free speech because yelling “fire” would create a panic and result in potential injuries and death to those in the theater. The same could be said of someone yelling “This is the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie” in a crowded theater.

Put another way, freedom is what you can do as long as nobody is looking and nobody gets hurt. Rights are what you can do even when nobody is looking and nobody gets hurt.

But if you’re looking for someone to watch…I have no idea who you can talk to about that. After all, this is a family blog!

(But seriously, I might know some people.)

Rights and Privileges

Today there seems to be a lot of confusion with these two items. Many privileges are being called rights and many rights are being called privileges. It is an ongoing cascade of misinformation that is part of the down slide of our society and culture.

A right is essential while a privilege is a benefit. Also if you don’t need permission then it is a right. Privileges can be revoked at any time. To loose a right requires just cause and due process.

Many today talk about the so-called rights to free education, free health care, marriage equality, and the list goes on and on. None of these are rights at all. They would all require the permission of someone else. You would have to get free health care with the providers permission to give it to you. You still need permission of at least the intended spouse to be married. Free education would need an educator granting their knowledge without any compensation for it or their time. So no these are not rights at all.

Our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence tell us of many of our rights. We have the right to Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. This is not the right to BE happy by any means. And your right to Life and Liberty cannot be taken away without just cause and due process. You do not have the right to anything that involves money. Rights cannot be bought or sold.

The foundation of government is to PROTECT our individual rights. Not to provide them. If government is providing something, it is not a right. Then it is a privilege that the government is capable of removing with a stroke of a pen.
I heard a case several years ago where the defendant was on the stand and stated he was invoking his 5th Amendment privilege. I screamed that it wasn’t a privilege. The 5th Amendment is a RIGHT. We do have the right not to incriminate ourselves. A clear case where a right is being mistaken for a privilege.

So you do not have the right to a job. You do not have the right to free stuff. You do not have the right to be happy. You do not have the right to marry anyone, opposite sex or otherwise. You do not have the right to have a high wage. All these things must be earned through hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and/or cooperation with others.