For years we have been bombarded from the left and the right about how the other political party is hell bent on destroying the Constitution and taking away our rights, specifically, the first two amendments. Upon closer examination this argument is simply empty hot air.
Let us start right off with the First Amendment:
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.
Regardless of what has been said over the past few years our religious rights are not being restricted. We are still free to practice the religion that we choose to without fear of the government throwing us in prison. There is no state religion so all religions are free to practice.
I hate to inform you of this but giving gays/lesbians the right to marry is not a violation of your religious freedom and it does not violate the Constitution. You still have the right to believe that gay/lesbian marriage is immoral you just no longer have the right to impose that on people that do not believe the same as you.
We still have the right to voice our opinions as we see fit without the fear of the government coming down on us.
Over the last few years people have conflated what freedom of speech (as laid out in the Constitution) actually means. They want freedom of speech to extend to beauty contestants and workers. The belief is that people should be allowed to say whatever they want (which is true) without fear of being fired from their job (which is not). If a beauty contestant wants to go on stage and declare that gay marriage is wrong, she is free to do so. If the people that run the organization that she is representing find offense in what she says, they can fire her.
If a worker wants to spout off about how much he hates the president while he is on the job he is free to do so. If his employer finds offense in what he says that employer is free to fire him.
The Constitution specifically addresses the people's freedom of speech, it mentions nothing about job statuses.
The press fully has the freedom to report how it wants to report. If the president or a member of Congress wants to criticize news organizations for their coverage they can do it all they want. It only becomes an issue when the government starts making laws about how the news is delivered or how journalists report is when it becomes a problem.
People still have the right to assemble and to redress the government just witness the TEA Party rallies, the union protests in Wisconsin, and the Occupy movement.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
This one has seemed to be most caustic as I have received many emails and Facebook posts stating that our gun rights are being taken away from us. The truth, when separated from the spin, manipulation, and misinformation, is far from that.
Making you wait five days so a background check can be performed to ensure that you are not a convict before giving you a gun is not an infringement on your rights. Keeping certain guns off the streets to ensure that our police officers are not being mowed down in the streets is not an infringement on your rights in the least. gun rights have become more lax in the last twenty years not the other way around. The notion that Obama has restricted any gun rights is just plain silly. Since he came into office gun owners have actually received more freedoms than they saw under the previous administrations.
Now on a personal note; is there anything more pathetic than grown men using the terms dude and bro? I just do not get it. The only people that should use the term dude are teenagers, pot heads, surfers, or cowboys (the real ones not the city version that has never even been on a ranch or a farm). It is just annoying to hear men in their 30s and over using the term dude.
Do not even get me started on the overuse of bro. As much as I like "How I Met Your Mother" I just can not stand bro.