10 Rights Not Granted by the First Amendment


Beyond the First Amendment

Beyond the First Amendment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re concerned with the well being of society, you will see the First Amendment always mentioned in activism posts. So why not learn more about it

The full text of the First Amendment reads:

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.

‘The Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution in 1787, but the states refused to ratify it without a Bill of Rights explicitly saying what the new government could and could not do. Recently freed from a tyrannical king, the American people wanted a limited government with strong protections for personal freedoms and political dissent

'The Bill of Rights (which encapsulates the first 10 amendments to the Constitution) became law in 1791, but the broad freedoms outlined in the First Amendment have been refined by centuries of court rulings, including many historic Supreme Court decisions. America is still a "free country," but you might be surprised how many rights are absolutely not granted by the First Amendment...'

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The Impossibility of Reverse Racism
‘Tim Wise just wrote a great diary on right wing racism. As usual, though, in the comments some folks started claiming that white folks could be the victims of “racism” too.  Even though I thought, from Tim’s article, that the impossibility of that was clear, it’s a point that’s very hard to get across.

‘Coincidentally, an ex-student of mine wrote to me last night and asked me to remind her of my explanation of the impossibility of “Reverse Racism” — she’s in an M.A. program and found herself in a heated argument with some of her peers.  So I wrote it down for her and sent it off.  I thought, though, that it might be a useful document to post on DailyKos, so here it is…’

Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23
And the study says roughly 40% of all men have been cuffed by that age
‘The data draw from surveys of about 9,000 youths who were 12 to 16 years old by the end of 1996. The same group was surveyed about once a year until its members reached adulthood. As part of the survey, the participants were asked whether they had been arrested.

‘A study published this week in the journal Crime & Delinquency found that, by age 18, 30% of black males had been arrested, compared with 26% of Hispanic males and 22% of white males.

‘By age 23, 49% of black males, 44% of Hispanic males and 38% of white males had been arrested.

‘The variation among females was less pronounced. At age 18, arrest rates were 12% for white females, 11.8% for Hispanic females and 11.9% for black females.

‘By age 23, arrest rates were 20% for white females, 18% for Hispanic females and 16% for black females.

‘The arrests didn’t necessarily lead to convictions, and the study excluded arrests for minor traffic violations…’

Incidentally, Venezuela’s President is blaming telenovelas for inspiring crime and accuses the TV soap operas of spreading “anti-values” to young people. That sounds ridiculous but I agree with him. The UN ranks Venezuela’s homicide rate as the fifth highest globally, AP reports.
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What happens when poor people get cash?
Most people in my hometown gets part of the cash shower that comes from gambling (legal or not). And most of them have the habit of living as one-day-millionaires

‘Remarkably important article in Saturday’s New York Times, by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, “What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend?” It tells the story of what happened to the lives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians after they opened a casino in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1997. Admittedly, this is because the casino made a profit, but the lessons learned by scholars from Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UCLA who studied the Cherokees have significant implications for why Lyndon Johnson was right to enlist government forces to combat poverty…’
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