Why the 1st Amendment Is the Best Essay

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Amendment Essay
By: Christina Ramler Neil Gaiman once said, “The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one. You have guaranteed the freedom of speech. Other countries don’t have that.” At the time of the amendments’ creation, a vast majority of operating countries had not yet granted their people such freedoms. Granting every citizen of the United States this right seemed to have been an important landmark in this nation’s history. Along with others, this right is declared to the people in the first amendment of the constitution. The first amendment is the most important because it grants people freedom of speech, prohibits prior restraint, and declares the right to peaceable assembly. The first amendment
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Lastly, the first amendment is the most important because it grants the people their right to peaceable assembly. Peaceable assembly is the right to assemble in groups and hold demonstrations. For example, if people would like to start a protest in a peaceful manner, they have the right to do so. This protest may be holding up signs while marching and chanting, or simply sitting on the ground and refusing to move. This is a very important right granted in the first amendment, because it gives people a voice to stand up for what they feel strongly about and have a passion for. Giving the people a voice is a major factor in a successful government, and that’s exactly what this right provides. This further amplifies the importance of the first amendment. In opposition to the first amendment’s importance, some may argue that the freedom of speech is limited by the government, losing it’s value as a freedom of the people. These limitations include slander, which is false speech and may be intended to damage a person’s reputation. Libel is the same, except in written form. There are many examples of these limitations being used, mainly in the public media. For example, if a news station states that a politician did a certain scandalous act and it is slander, they are abusing their freedom of speech. By limiting the freedom of speech in the first amendment, it

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