The First Amendment and Your Duty To Defend It

The freedom of speech is something that Americans hold dear. It’s a part of what makes this country such a great and coveted place to live.

Yet, not everyone stands up for this right and others misunderstand and abuse it. The abusers take advantage of those who are ignorant to their rights.

One such case involved Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists and founders of a small news paper in their town. Now, Larkin and Lacey were exercising their rights. The were members of the press and had the right to produce their personal opinions about whatever they wished. The Sheriff of their town, on the other hand, had other ideas.

Apparently, the good sheriff had never heard of the first amendment. He arrested the pair in their sleep after they exposed the existence of grand jury proceedings that requested notes from reporters that wrote articles covering, you guessed it, the sheriff.

That was only the beginning. Following their arrest, the pair, who had spend their lives defending their first amendment rights, sued the county. They, of course, won a hefty sum of $3.71 million, which they used to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

This organization helps to defend the rights of all Americans and immigrants alike. They strive for the preservation of justice and will help anyone in need.

Let this be a lesson to all Americans. If you don’t stand up for your rights, no one will. People will line up for miles around to walk all over you with smiles on their faces. It is our duty to make sure our rights are upheld and recognized. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

Our troops died so that we could have them, so aren’t they worth defending? Before you turn over and take what the world wants to dish out, learn your rights.

Everyone should know what they can and cannot do in this country. No one has the right to physically harm you or any property whether it belongs to the state or an individual.

Those claiming to exercise their first amendment rights while participating in such tasks are ignorant. They don’t know the law any better than a child and should be scolded for it.

Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/