Do your senators support your first amendment rights?

i live in Washington State (for my friends in other countries, it’s completely different from Washington, DC)
my two senators are Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. My Congressman is Norm Dicks.
not one of them has stood up in defense of my right to access a free press.
therefore, i can only assume that they don’t really care about this right, and unless they show public support, I will lead a campaign against them.

I refuse to vote for somebody who refuses to defend my first amendment rights.
I suggest everybody here post the names of their senators and congressional representative, and let them know how many votes they’re losing every day until they realize that it’s their job to help protect our rights.

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6 thoughts on “Do your senators support your first amendment rights?

  1. Very good topic. I would remind people here, however, that the first Amendment was put in place for people to have the ability to speak their peace “to the government” about complaints..etc – and not to everyone else. However, with everything else – the First Amendment has assumed a role that entertains the general population medium of the US – and not only the government. This could be something that is being looked at by some state officials.

    There are many loop holes in the constitution that allow people in power to elude or circumvent it without any fear of having it backlash on them by the people that voted them in.

    It’s a tedious chess game we are playing here – and it’s one that needs thought before action.

    Great post. Keep it up.

  2. “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 government has no authority over the media. As a student of journalism (granted i’m only in my first year of college, but still), i believe in an absolute free press.

    i believe the “speak their peace ‘to the government’ about complaints..etc” that you speak of, is the fifth right protected by the first amendment, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. if i’ve misinterpreted you, please correct me.

  3. I know what the constitution is now. I was telling people what the intended purpose was upon it’s incipience to our awareness.

    I am not supporting it – I am saying that might be one of the reasons many state officials are not supporting it – or haven’t commented on it.

  4. I am not supporting the first amendment as being solely for speaking to the government – or reporting “good” things about the government only. That is, however, what the amendment was intended to be about.

    It’s things like this that they do not teach you in history class in public school. It’s things like this that Wikileaks is about – anti-censorship.

    Between the government circumventing the constitution – and the citizens following suit (mainly so the government can do the same thing without much interference) – things like this get confused.

    The government will play the constitution card when it’s to their advantage and scream bloody murder (such in the case of Assange) when it doesn’t.

    THAT is what I am trying to say. Your politicians may be neglecting the topic because they are stuck between a rock and a hard spot – supporting the freedom of speech, or supporting their employers.

    Strategy is needed in a situation like this.

  5. This is what I’m saying, as my main point in this article.

    Those who I vote into office, answer to me. They answer to their constituents. They are there to fight for my interests, and the interests of others in my state (or congressional district).
    Any one of them could stand up and say, “The law clearly states that the government cannot interfere with the press, the government cannot make attempts to censor the media for publishing truthful information, and as an elected official, and a proud American, it is my duty to defend the United States Constitution.”

    I’m speaking at the Olympia, Washington rally, on Saturday the 18th. And I’m going to stand in that park, with all the other people who support our Constitution and our rights, and demand that the politicians we voted into office take a stand and defend our rights.

    The strategy is doing the right thing.

    I’ve never come across anything stating that the first amendment only applies to what people have to say about the government?

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