Freedoms work if you have a people united in purpose. Take away that unity and
you're left with discord, rebellion, and restrictions or infringements on
rights and privileges and so forth. The problem with America is we are not
united in purpose at all, but divided - on just about everything.
I'm all for 1st Amendment rights going "too far" as long as
"too far" is defined as fair and balanced.
".....Pornography. It's become a rampant plaque on our society. The
Deseret News recently ran a series of articles detailing the ways it hurts
individuals, families and society in general...."______________________________The Deseret News would strike a
quite different posture on a call to legislate restrictions on the press.
Troublesome matter, that pesky 1st Amendment, ain't it?
The primary reasons for people now becoming concerned about freedom of speech
being abused is because of 2 things.Pornography. It's become a
rampant plaque on our society. The Deseret News recently ran a series of
articles detailing the ways it hurts individuals, families and society in
general. It's use is unequivacably tied to crimes against women and
children. It's not even debatable by reasonable people. So now reasonable
people are getting sick and tired of it's effects while it's
perpetrators generate billions of dollars in illicit profits.Extreme
violence in video games. There are correlations being made with how viewing this
senseless violence desensitizes peoples (especially youth) views of what is
acceptable in society. How could it not? Any parent not concerned with the
effects of these extreme games on their kids are already victims on other
levels, which has cost them their common sense. The list of viewers acting out
these sick actions against victims is growing.No one is saying
freedom of speech is not a good thing. It's essential. But many people are
finally understanding that it's abuse to extreme levels is not a good
thing... for anyone.
Interesting thing if you read the poll - 1/3 of Americans couldn't name any
of the rights in the First Amendment.No wonder they think it goes
too far.Another interesting thing if you read the poll - when asked
about specific rights in the First Amendment, most people fully supported
them.So - 1/3 of Americans don't know the First Amendment, 1/3
of Americans think it goes too far(may or may not be the same 1/3), but the more
than 2/3 of Americans fully support each right contained in the First
Amendment.Sounds like what we have here, is a failure to educate.
@ Spring streetRead the article again. One third of respondents
think the 1st amendment goes too far. That is 33.333% not 13%.The
13% was the increase. Math haunts to many.
The poll results probably reflect disapproval of how some people use their 1st
Amendment rights. But who among us would hold still for having out own 1st
Amendment rights curtailed?Not me.
It would be interesting to see a breakdown on this poll about which parts people
focas on as the problem. I'll bet a good portion of the respondents could
not even list the several rights the Amendment gives. In fact, I'll bet a
few of them were even thinking 2nd Amendment at the time. If you watch any man
on the street type interviews you can never underestimate the low information
John Adams said the constitution would only work for a religious people, it was
wholly inadequate for the irreligious. I guess the results of the poll are
bearing that out.Spring street,The data you cite is a little
old. 13% was last year, it’s 1/3 now.John20000That’s how BO was reelected, people wanting less freeedom.
Wow, so...the people who think the 1st amendment "goes too far" clearly
have no use for freedom anyway. I mean, they don't go to church, express
themselves, assemble at all and in general enjoy a free life so they might as
well just go to North Korea, where their views are as welcome as the noonday
People don't believe there should be less freedom of speech, assembly,
petition--it is religious freedom that inflates this number. This country less
and less values religions, that is what this poll reflects. But then it is not
surprising; the constitution is no longer valued, it is not taught anywhere, in
any public school or university, it is forgotten, and now we have a president
and a Democratic party who despises the constitution because it limits their
power. Even the supreme court no longer values or cares what the constitution
says. We will get what we reap, our freedoms are going fast...and with our
With that many years of doing pulls you would think that they would know who to
ask to get the results they want.
Is this article poorly written, or was the poll poorly done?It is
hard to imagine that most anyone feels the 1st Amendment goes too far. I would
not be surprised, however, to learn that a majority of Americans would feel that
the Supreme Court's interpretation of the 1st Amendment goes too far.It is a real struggle for me to understand, when actions, such as
burning the American flag, are protected as free speech. One can say I want to
burn an American flag. One can put it in print, burning an American flag. But
actually burning a flag is not speech, and I have a hard time imagining that the
founding fathers would have thought that actions could be protected as free
It is truly un-American to want less freedom.
@concerned citizen it is scary that there are people out there that feel
this way, clearly someone needs to help them reason through why the first
amendment exist but I hardly think 13% represent what we are becoming.
Scary that this is what we are really becoming.
It is unsettling, as the article discusses, that so many feel the first
amendment goes 'too far'. What I'd like to know is just what is
provided by the amendment that they would propose curtailing?