John 1 
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Re: “Meet the protesters who took a stand against Trump

The first Amendment protects our right to express ourselves, but I ask, what is the purpose of that Right? In a nutshell it is to enable a free people to discuss and debate issues so they can make decisions on which path their government should take… without interference from that same government.

When we disagree or have a different opinion than someone else in a free society the proper, grown up way to express ourselves is through discourse and debate. IE the exchange of information.

Disrupting the discourse and free expression of a person who has views different than your own is not productive and is not in keeping with the sprit of the First Amendment.

I too attended the College of Charleston and know that the library contains a book which provides a fine example of what the Founding fathers meant by freedom of expression. It is called the Federalist Papers. If you have never read it, and if you haven’t I encourage you to do so, it is a collection of the political essay-editorials written by proponents of the US Constitution. The essays took the form of debating the pros and cons of having a central government and the various features of the Constitution. They were published in the newspapers of the day and were intended to address issues in the ongoing debate about what form of government the Colonies should have.

We have today an incredible ability to reach others through the internet without resorting to 1960s protest antics. I suggest, rather than disrupting the political discourse by repeatedly chanting a three word slogan, write an essay or editorial explaining your counter proposals and points and post it on Facebook or the social media outlet of your choice. I would be much more engaged reading your opinion than hearing a repetitive chant.

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Posted by John 1 on December 9, 2015 at 11:06 PM
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