August 21st, 2018
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A SECOND OPINION, The Lubbock Avalanche Journal


"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."

— First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Break down the First Amendment.

What is its purpose — in pure and simple form? The goal is to limit the power of government (or in the case of the founding fathers - an oppressive monarchy) by specifically listing rights that keep government at bay.

It is not a coincidence that the third right the founding fathers listed was a press free of government authority and rule.

And why is this? Because a free press is the primary way to keep government at all levels accountable to the people.

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