posted on Sep, 15 2005 @ 04:13 PM
I think it's only supposed to be 275 words but whatever (oh and the paper is supposed to be about what life would be like without the first
It's reported that Benjamin Franklin once said, "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or
security". Those words seem to be long lost in the eyes of Americans. With terror alerts on the rise, constant propaganda and partisan agendas in
every source of media, and intentional misinformation by the government, the general public seems to be growing more apathetic towards retaining
freedoms just so long as big brother keeps us protected.
That being said, it's not hard to imagine how life would be without the First Amendment. One of the single most dangerous aspects of losing our
freedom of speech would be the advancement of society. A breakthrough in Cancer research could be scoffed, dismissed, and banned simply because it's
not as good of a monetary source as chemotherapy. It may seem impossible or drastic that less income from Cancer therapy would hinder the resolve to
cure it, but simply looking at the past shows our ignorance. A great example is Galileo and the Inquisition. The research Galileo had done in
addition to the Copernican heliocentric theory was halted due to the reasoning that it seemed to contradict Catholic beliefs.
It is my contention, however, that losing our freedom of speech is not something we should be worried about. This is not to say that it wouldn't
happen or that we shouldn't care if it happens, but that it would be the last freedom to go and would already be too late. For instance, the Patriot
Act has completely changed the way our government runs -- especially side-by-side the Homeland Security Agency. Between the two, some power has been
removed from the Judicial and Legislative Branches, and placed directly in the hands of the Executive. The reasoning behind this is to effectively
counter terrorist activity. Coincidentally, this can be compared to the use of the 1933 fire bombing in Nazi Germany to temporarily suspend freedoms
to combat Communism. Also much like 1930's Germany, the Patriot Act has gave way to a loss of simple liberties; the Federal Government can now
conduct secret arrests, strip citizenship, collect DNA samples from anyone suspected of terrorism, and jail suspects indefinitely without trial. The
Freedom of Information Act has also become non-existent.
While none of the above means that the United States of America will soon be a replica of Nazi Germany, it does show a representation of freedoms
lost. The people of Germany showed blind faith, as we do, that the "temporary" loss of those freedoms was for the purpose of stopping terrorism.
You can certainly believe that the average citizen of Germany was duped into what we now call the Holocaust. They were not dumb or uninformed; but to
the contrary, a slow and constant removal of their rights with added security threats and intelligently placed government propaganda was what led to
their ultimate doom.
I realize I've strayed off topic, but this was done intentionally to further answer the question. I wanted to point out that the 1st Amendment is a
symbol of America, and therefore would be the most difficult and last liberty to be removed. It seems plausible that by the time the amendment is up
for abolishment, our voices will no longer matter. However that does not take away from the importance and necessity of that freedom, and it leads me
to my final point. If the First Amendment -- the amendment that provides guaranteed freedom of speech -- was abolished, I would not have been able to
write this paper. Plain and simply, that's what makes that amendment so important. It provides the ability to think, criticize, and try to better
society without fear of admonishment.
so what do you think? what needs to be changed, removed, or shortened?
[edit on 15-9-2005 by white4life420]