About the First Amendment...:

“The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights shows that quality of interest [that is] hiding behind innocence. Passed in 1791 by Congress, it provided that “Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom or speech or of the press...” Yet, seven years after the First Amendment became part of the Constitution, Congress passed a law very clearly abridging the freedom of speech....
...This was the Sedition Act of 1798, passed under John Adams’s administration, at a time when Irishmen and Frenchmen in the United States were looked on as dangerous revolutionaries because of the recent French Revolution and the Irish rebellions. The Sedition Act made it a crime to say or write anything “false, scandalous and malicious” against the government, Congress or the President, with intent to defame them , bring them into disrepute, or excite popular hatreds against them” (p100)

Today, let’s just overtly connect it to today.




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