OK, folks...a little test for all of you.
Can you name the five basic freedoms guaranteed by the second amendment? Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, here is a news flash for you! More Americans than you want to believe don't know them all. In fact, some don't know any!
The five basic freedoms of the first amendment are as follows:
1. freedom of press
2. freedom of petition
3. freedom of religion
4. freedom of speech
5. assemble peaceably
A survey by the First Amendment Center in the US has reached the shocking conclusion that most American citizens don't know the five basic freedoms enshrined in the constitution.
The study found that no more than 3 percent of Americans remember"petition" among the First Amendment's five basic freedoms.
However, freedom of speech was remembered by the majority of respondents - 56 percent.
The others freedoms enshrined in the constitution appeared to have made little impression: freedom of religion was named by 15 percent; the same percentage remembered press freedom as a constitutional right while just 14 percent knew they had a right to assembly.
The number of respondents who remembered freedom of speech was the lowest in the history of the survey, conducted each year for the past eleven years.
What makes this year's results more shocking is that 4 out of 10 people questioned could not name any freedom at all.
Whatever freedoms the constitution of the country may guarantee, it does not matter much since these rights are neither remembered nor needed as such.
The findings indicate that modern Americans do not think along the same lines as the Founders of the U.S.
Nowadays, it would seem, many Americans do not consider their basic rights and freedoms inalienable and are ready to delegate them to state or federal officials.
More than two centuries ago it did not take long for the Founders of the United States of America to realize the necessity of preserving individual freedoms in a system of individual states with a strong federal governmental center.
In 1791, just four years after the declaration in 1787 of the American Constitution, the states adopted the First Amendment together with the Bill of Rights to guarantee that the strong federal government would not trample on basic individual rights and freedoms.
Moreover, there are rights totally forgotten by the American society,meaning most Americans are not familiar with the freedoms guaranteed by the American Constitution.
Freedom of speech and religion are among the first liberties introduced to the American Constitution by the Bill of Rights. Traditionally, most of the questioned Americans recalled them. But regarding freedom of the press, freedom to assemble and to petition... these seem to be lost in oblivion.
Personally folks, I think that is a shame. I really do. All I can say is "Shame on us...shame on us all!!"
Hell, I need some fresh coffee....how about you?