The only real restriction placed on that right is when it can cause harm to others. As established by a Supreme Court case, a person cannot yell fire in a crowded theater because he/she would incite panic. Since the precedents set in the past clearly show that the Constitution mandates freedom of speech in the First Amendment, it would be next to impossible to limit the right. If the government even hinted at doing so, people everywhere would be demonstrating and rioting. Instead of limiting free speech, I think people should be more careful about what they say in public. Of course, there will always be those who don't care, but being mindful of others is important in a globalized society.
This article is about questions that people have about Obamacare, that are being answered by bloggers and people just like you and I. I think it's nice to have people to answer questions; it provides a sense that people are being listened to.
It is 2013, and people are still being denied their mos basic rights as human beings. Honestly. The whole concept of 'marriage is one man and one woman' is so outdated and frankly, not a good argument. People use this example in reference to the Bible. Want to know what else the Bible says? I'm not allowed to wear two different types of clothing materials at once, or I'll be stoned. Also, when I'm menstruating, men aren't allowed to talk to me. And when I get married, if I'm not a virgin, I should be stoned. And if I get married and my husband dies, I have to marry his brother. The idea of one man one woman is narrow minded and outdated, and we need to do away with it.
This article is about whether prayers should be allowed in court. Frankly, if prayers are said, it is inherently infringing on my right not to practice a religion. I know most of the country believes in a higher being, but opinions of the minority must be heard too. I shouldn't be subjected to hearing about how 'God' made it possible to get to the court safely so I could convene with other people. This kind of prayer is strictly violating the idea of separation of church and state. I don't want 'god' to decide law decisions, I want the court to decide.
This article is about Obama's most recent year in office, and how it was perceived as having gone more downhill than he would have liked. From the article, it seems like the distinct lack of progress is coming from the inability of Pres. Obama and Republicans to work together to help the American people. Yes, they both have their efforts, of course, but nothing is going to happen until they cohesively work together. I think Obama realizes this.
This video is mostly about the split in the Republican party and how Chris Christie is dealing with it, and also about how Twitter has transformed politics. I think Christie has some challenges that he'll have to face; Paul, Cruz, Rubio and Perry seem like they're going for the same precise thing he is; fame in the Republican party. As for Twitter, I think it's great that politicians are using social media outlets to stay connected with people; it lets us be more informed, and it lets them be more tuned into what we want.
It looks as if Chris Christie is going to be running as a Republican candidate for Presidential Office in 2016. He has major support from his state of New Jersey, but America is so demographically divided that he doesn't have much support anywhere else besides the South (and West Virginia). One thing that was pointed out was that he has no gender gap in his support in NJ whatsoever: the number of women that support him is equal to the number of the men that support him. I don't know how this happened, Christie being prolife and all, but those are the statistics. It seems like we're heading towards a very socially conservative race in 2016.
This article is about the expansion of diversity in the US Congress.
Thank. God. It's about time this country stopped being represented by people who have always had power, and started being represented by the overwhelming majority of people who actually live in the US. This is a win for minorities and Democrats alike, and it will go down in the history books as an expansion of representation of the US.
This article is about parts of some states wanting to secede from the US.
The last time people wanted to secede, we had a civil war. And from what the article says, it's mostly people from rural areas who undoubtedly are very conservative. Part of me just wants to let them secede and say "Bye, hicks!" but some of the country would protest. But hey, let's keep catering to the conservative, white, male power structure that has dominated this country since it was formed. Not like there's an overwhelming number of people who are happy with the US, geopolitically as it is.
This article is about the NSA and how they are supposedly infiltrating networks such as Google and Yahoo.
Google and Yahoo both formally stated that they have not given permission to the NSA to allow them to access private networks under Google and Yahoo. From how much information Snowden wants, I can tell that some people are itching to kick him out of his position.
The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.
This article is about the NSA and how they are getting our information through google and yahoo.
Honestly, I don't see a link to Al-Qaeda anywhere in this article; I think that a good way to keep the US safe would be to know what citizens are doing at any given time. I'm not sure where we should draw the line and say "this is too invasive," but to me, that comment seems like it's coming from someone who is very unhappy with President Obama.
This article is about Ted Cruz and how he came back to Texas after techincally filibustering Obama's healthcare bill.
It makes me sort of mad that conservative Texans think they speak for the entire state when they say that Texas is happy about what Cruz did- I, for one, do not. Shutting down the entire govt because you don't want a bill passed is actually horrible, and I still cannot believe it happened. The majority is assuming it speaks for the minority, which never leads to a good outcome.
This video is about Bush and Cheney, and questioning whether Bush was just a puppet for Cheney (a weak willed president).
Bush and Cheney were on opposite sides at the end of Bush's terms; the war, gun rights, gay rights, etc. Bush started to shave the harsh edges off of his policy at the end of his terms, while the VP was fighting that.
This video simply highlights the differences between Bush and Cheney as Bush's terms went along. The analysts do well while they discuss the relationship of the former POTUS and VPOTUS. They really emphazised how Bush and Cheney were characterized, and how they are same and different from those stigmas.
This article is about Congressional Democrats threatening to abandon Obama on the issue of the Affordable Health Care Act. I think it's within reason; the American people were promised something much better than what they are actually getting out of Obamacare.
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech...
I get where the pastor is coming from, I do, but it's not constitutional to lead children in prayer this way. It's admittance of adherence to a certain doctrine. What would people say if a bus driver was talking about the legality of same-sex marriage? It's the same basic idea, you simply cannot share your views with people who don't have their own yet, just because you think yours are correct. The fact that this is about prayer and not same-sex marriage makes it only ever so slightly more socially acceptable.
This article is about a pastor saying that his First Amendment right to freedom of religion is being violated by not letting him hold dangerous snakes.
This is is actually a bunch of bull. I'm not religious in any way, but I think there has to be some other way to prove that your certain god cares enough about you in order to save your life OTHER than handling poisonous snakes. From a religious standpoint, this is sort of challenging his god to say 'save me and then I'll believe in/worship you.' It just doesn't make sense. There is no part in the Bible that says he MUST hold snakes in order to worship his god; the court will definitely shoot it down.
This video is about Rick Perry and his recent trip to Iowa. In the video, he criticizes Ted Cruz for his way of going about 'filibustering' Obamacare, and explains what he should have done in order to make Obamacare an issue. Perry may have his eye on the White House right now, but it seems to me that Christie is more popular as of right now.
This news story is about Justice Breyer and whether he admitted to being an atheist (or nontheist, for that matter). Personally, I' m very glad that the separation of church and state is being debated so thoroughly. As an atheist myself, the "under God" part of the US (also Texas) pledge is why I do not say it. This country has a tendency to favor Christian aspects of multiple ideas, and it's actually quite annoying. it only serves to cater to the idealistic idea that Christianity is the most important religious denomiation in the US, which is quite frankly not true, and very absurd.
This article is about Ryan and Murray each trying to come up with plans for the federal budget.
It's good to know that they can work well together. I would expect them to be loyal to their respective party, but it's good that they each want to get something done. From the article, though, it seems like Ryan has much more to deal with on his pate than Murray does on hers.
Video on msnbc.com: Critical questions are being raised about data safety in light of hacking reports and news about NSA data collection. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk explains what happens after you hit ‘send’ on an email message.
This video is about email and the path it travels in order to get from Point A to Point B.
Honestly, if you're that worried about your emails being read, you're probably doing something illegal. Or weird. I could see the argument being made for the right to property, but it simply doesnt seem that solid of one. But hey, I could get on board with receiving letters written by hand.
This video is about Obama's approval rating dropping to an all-time low because of healthcare and Congressional problems.
Everything has piled up into one massive pool of problems: healthcare, the government shutdow, Congress, NRA, NSA, and other problems that are significant. They have all sort of come to a head at this time, and Obama is simply having to take the brunt of it; he's the leader as well as the figurehead of the US, and it makes sense that Americans would turn to him and blame him for their problems.
This video is about Sebelius apologizing for the website that was supposed to do well in providing healthcare.
Sebelius said that she's accountable for the website going horribly wrong, and apologizes to the American people. While I'm glad that someone is shouldering the blame, something still needs to be done about the website. Someone should've fixed it up before the launch of it.
This article is about Rand Paul and the amendment that he is trying to add to the Constitution.
Frankly, the entire thing seems impossible. Not only is it very hard to amend the Constitution, but the subject matter that Paul is trying to pass is simply illogical to put into an amendment and expect it to pass and be Constitutional. It feels like Rand Paul is only trying to make it harder for laws to be passed that would be pertinent/important to the American people.
This article is about the website for the Affordable Healthcare Act that seems not to be working.
I know the website is bad, but I think to some extent that conservatives and Repubicans are using this incident as a scapegoat for reasons for defunding the Affordable Healthcare Act and the governement shutdown. However, they really need to get the website up and running; people need healthcare. I'm actually very disappointed in the Obama administration for not correcting these problems sooner, or doing a trial run with the software and the coding.
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