HAPPY 4TH!...Without looking them up, can you list the 5 rights guaranteed in the 1st Amendment?

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    Jul 04, 2008 10:37 AM GMT
    Go for it....

    "About 1 in 4 Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment ...

    [A] study by the New McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just 1 in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms." -- Associated Press, March 1, 2006

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    Let's see, there's Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, ...I dont know the baby
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    Jul 04, 2008 10:40 AM GMT
    Isn't it Maggie? And no I do not the five rights guaranteed under the 1st Amendment. icon_confused.gif

    But a happy 4th of July to all of my American RJ friends, including future ones. icon_cool.gif

    Have a fun, happy and safe July 4th!

    I will be slaving over a hot computer keyboard at work.icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 04, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    Ok, well, list the ones you can and we will see which ones people dont remember.
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    Jul 04, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    freedom to peaceably assymbol? Freedom of the press? Freedom of religion?
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    Jul 04, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    icon_twisted.gifFreedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of the press, The right to peaceful assembly (protesting), .....freedom to have sex with hot men?/ haha.. im just joking..that shoudl be in there though.. LMAOicon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 04, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    The freedom to wear pretty shoes.

    The right to bare arms....and chest and abs.

    Now what were those other 3?



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    Jul 04, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    The right to be fabulous.
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    Jul 04, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    Freedom of speech, religion, to assemble, ??
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    Jul 04, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    Obviously we need to come up with a "Gay Bill of Rights".

    Those armed bares would be the 2nd Amendment.

    Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion, Association and... Maggie?
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    Jul 04, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    The fifth one is the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
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    Jul 04, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    It really doesn't surprise me that most people can't list that the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances is part of the 1st amendment. The other 1st amendment rights are easy to summarize as 'freedom of x', and so that one's kind of an outlier. It's easy to make a big deal about the greater knowledge of pop culture than constitutional government, but really...the Simpsons have been on the air since 1989, so we're coming up on 20 years of them being on the radar. Then add in the movie, the video games, the merchandising, and it's a lot of attention. Even people who have never seen the show can probably list off the characters. That doesn't mean most people don't know you can ask the government to take action to correct a perceived wrong.
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    Jul 04, 2008 8:18 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidIt really doesn't surprise me that most people can't list that the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances is part of the 1st amendment. The other 1st amendment rights are easy to summarize as 'freedom of x', and so that one's kind of an outlier. It's easy to make a big deal about the greater knowledge of pop culture than constitutional government, but really...the Simpsons have been on the air since 1989, so we're coming up on 20 years of them being on the radar. Then add in the movie, the video games, the merchandising, and it's a lot of attention. Even people who have never seen the show can probably list off the characters. That doesn't mean most people don't know you can ask the government to take action to correct a perceived wrong.


    Well, actually it is pretty sad that people cant list them off. This question is just symptomatic. Ignorance of the basics makes it really hard to have a meaningful discussion of issues.

    I just finished the book above today while sitting having a coffee at the bookstore.

    Television has really dumbed down Americans in many ways. Most americans get their news from the TV. Few read a paper or online articles that give more information. And the news has to be entertaining. Any story that is boring wont get reported on TV cuz the audience will "walk."

    And a real problem with this increased ignorance is that the political parties have totally glorified "The People." Nobody can criticize the ignorance of the people or suggest that dont have the information to act on an issue.

    Both liberals and conservatives are caught in a pickle now. Liberals base their beliefs on belief in the people. So they have a hard time now coming out and saying that people are just plain too ignorant these days. Conservatives, who inhernetly distrust the people, have been elected to office so many times lately that they dont want to diss the people anymore.

    So you have both parties tell the people are wonderful they are when they arent.
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    Jul 05, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    Caslon4000> Ignorance of the basics makes it really hard to have a meaningful discussion of issues.

    Generally true, but I think MSUBioNerd's point was that people aren't ignorant about the right itself, only of it's origin being the 1st Amendment.

    I suppose it's like we all know that gravity exists (no one thinks the apple falls to the ground because that is its "natural place"), even if some people can't associate Newton with revealing this law (of nature) - let alone are up on the latest theories about gravity waves.


    Caslon4000> Most americans get their news from the TV. Few read a paper or online articles that give more information. And the news has to be entertaining. Any story that is boring wont get reported on TV cuz the audience will "walk."

    It was none other than Walter Cronkite who once pointed out that at best on 30-minutes of news, one could read (out loud) a mere 1 page of the NY Times.


    Caslon4000> both parties tell the people (how) wonderful they are when they arent.

    They kiss babies and whisper a lot of sweet nothings. Is this really new?
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    Jul 05, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    freedom of...

    speech
    free assembly
    conscience
    religion
    press


    i think that is all of them (and i did this without peeking at any other posts or wikipedia)

    but why is this relevant to the 4th the declaration is mostly about setting forth the need to establish a governing body outside the british that protected our rights guaranteed by our creator
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    Jul 05, 2008 12:48 AM GMT
    caesarea4 saidI suppose it's like we all know that gravity exists (no one thinks the apple falls to the ground because that is its "natural place"), even if some people can't associate Newton with revealing this law (of nature)


    Actually, this law of nature has been amended from time to time.
    The best example is the Warner Bros.' Exception:
    Gravity only exerts its pull on you when you realize you've run over the edge of a cliff, and not before.
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    Jul 05, 2008 1:33 AM GMT
    jprichva saidThe fifth one is the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>This now only applies to those cases where one of bush/cheney's "state secrets" aren't involved, you know !!! those secrets of the bush state, that if known might expose yet another law he has broken.
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    Jul 05, 2008 5:06 AM GMT
    jprichva> Gravity only exerts its pull on you when you realize you've run over the edge of a cliff, and not before.

    This is the field of "cartoon physics". Very exciting stuff. Easily observable when dogs run around on wood or tile floors....
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    Jul 05, 2008 7:06 AM GMT
    Scrolled to the bottom I swear!

    Lets see.. speech, religion, press(I think), err.. gathering and redress?

    Gah, gotta go look it up now.
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    Jul 05, 2008 7:08 AM GMT
    haha sweet I got them all icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 06, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
    Buckwheet saidhaha sweet I got them all icon_biggrin.gif
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Great !!! I missed "REDRESS" !!! guess I kinda like that lanky old man with the white gotee, high top hat, and dressed in red, white and blue. didn't think he needed "REDRESSED" !!! LOL !!!
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    Jul 06, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    lol realifedad

    'Petition the government' is more descriptive anyhow.
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    Jul 06, 2008 9:24 PM GMT
    Here 'tis:

    US ConstitutionCongress 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.