Today is Independence Day, and there are lots of things to be happy about when it comes to living in America.
I’m especially grateful today for our founding fathers who had the foresight to draft the brilliant First Amendment to the Constitution. (It’s one of the original amendments that we group together as the Bill of Rights.)
It’s because of the First Amendment that I have a job, publishing news stories that thousands of people read.
The First Amendment guarantees, among other things, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Because of the First Amendment, the government can’t come after me or my newspaper just because they don’t like something we print.
Because of the First Amendment, I can have this blog to share my thoughts and you can share your comments.
But the First Amendment isn’t just about expression through publishing (in print or online). The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to say pretty much whatever they want, the right to practice (or not) any religion they chose, the right to hold rallies, the right to petition the government.
But don’t take it all from me; I’m no First Amendment expert, just a fanboy. On this Independence Day, I urge you to click on over to 1 for All, a website dedicated to the First Amendment. Please take a few minutes to check it out. And thank your lucky stars that we’ve got the First Amendment.
PS: I took part in a cool exercise in free expression today. I shot photos for a feature called The Daily Camden on a cool blog, Welcome to Baltimore, Hon! Each day, a different person is documenting life in and around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. I’ll explain more about it tomorrow, so stay tuned.