Essay Freedom Of Thought And The Right

1172 Words Aug 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Freedom of Thought and the Right to Say No
The freedom of speech that we the people enjoy dearly everyday historically came from the freedom of conscience, or simply put, the freedom of thought, which is the originator and self-evident for many other of human rights and liberties, including freedom of speech and expression and freedom of religion. The US Constitution guarantee everyone to enjoy equal opportunities respect, and protection. In the matter of fact, everyone has the First Amendment Rights, as it is clearly stated: 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. (Amendment I, U.S. Bill of Rights, 1789.)
One of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, in a letter dated July 9, 1722 to the author of the New-England Courant newspaper, has stated: "Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech." (Benjamin Franklin, 1722)
In Palko v. Connecticut (1937), the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo has reasoned: “Freedom of thought... is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom. With rare aberrations a pervasive recognition of this truth can be traced in our history, political and legal.”
Moreover, the Ninth Amendment has…

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