(HorizonPost.com) – From citizens rising up to push back against draconian policing of colonists by British soldiers to the push for no taxation without representation, the right to protest is as much a part of American history as apple pie. When used responsibly and peacefully, as laid out in the First Amendment, it guarantees the right to share views and come together to reject tyranny without fear of persecution or arrest.
That’s a tougher pill to swallow after a year in which the Left systematically staged riots, violent takeovers, and destruction left, right and center, often under the guise of “peaceful dissent.”
Some have used the last few months as an example of why the First Amendment should no longer exist. That’s a mistake — and really, there’s a lesson to be learned in all this chaos.
Peaceful Protest Is a Constitutional Right
Whether you believe in protesting or not, the right to dissent is, in fact, enshrined in the First Amendment. Its ability to influence policy and create change is unparalleled. But the right itself isn’t unconditional; neither does it grant anyone (Left OR Right) permission to break the law.
Our forefathers wanted us to have the right to stand up for ourselves without fear of punishment. But they were also sensibly realistic; they knew there had to be limitations to keep people safe and prevent abuse of the Constitution. More importantly, they most certainly did not mean for us to run roughshod over cities, kicking out police officers, cordoning off “autonomous zones” and lighting car fires along the way.
If 2020 taught us anything about the right to protest, it’s that the Left simply doesn’t understand the true meaning of the First Amendment in the first place. Groups such as Antifa and BLM actively take advantage of the Constitution to engage in what many would call criminal activity. Perhaps it’s time for the Right to step up and show them how it’s done.
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