"Congress shall make no law..."
That simply insures that when you start reading the First Amendment you will get the idea about what is meant to be protected and at what level. The essential elements of the First Amendment are speech, religion, press, assembly and redress of grievances.
Just as the Second Amendment doesn't say a thing about hunting, target shooting or self-defense because that isn't what it is about; so also the First doesn't talk about pornography, artistic expression, rap lyrics or violent video games. It isn't about those things. It is about POLITICAL EXPRESSION. The First lets us express our political thoughts openly and without fear of recrimination.
DHS and Big Sis Watching Your Blogs, Tweets and Social Networking
In that plain language which I love, that sort of chilling awareness that someone is interpreting your dissatisfaction with the abysmal performance of the current administration seems to be chopping at that First Amendment.
But then I found the last paragraph and it becomes apparent that I just didn't understand the new terminology.
The DHS has openly announced that it is actively monitoring social media for signs of “social unrest”, in a bid to pre-empt any sign of social dislocation within the United StatesDoes that mean if I think the Bamster is a bumbling idiot on foreign policy, totally incompetent on economic management, and tone-deaf on issues of religion or political reaction that I'm trending toward "social dislocation"?
Is social dislocation a medical, psychological, criminal or political offense?