Thursday, March 16, 2017

1st Amendment vs. Sedition

Most U.S. citizens know and frequently quote the 1st Amendment's salient point which is we all have the right to "free speech" that being saying any damned fool thing that we want to on any occasion.

However, careless readers of the First seem to have skipped over this part:  The right of the people to peacefully assemble and to petition the government for redress.   I would add that "peacefully" would not seem to embrace looting, rioting, or bodily harm to those who dissent against the rioters, looters, etc. 

Conversely, "sedition" is defined by "conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the State."  Further, the seditionist is not supposed to just get a slap on the wrist for being naughty.  Practitioners are liable to a fine or no more than 20 years in prison or both.


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