Freedom of speech
Here in the good ole USA we have something in our Bill of Rights called the first amendment.
Congress 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.
This is important enough to be the “First Amendment!”
Recently a Vet tried to take away a flag from some protestors on some college. The protestors were desecrating the flag to make a point and the veteran was having no part of that.
There most certainly must be a better way for the protestors to get their point across, rather than desecrating that which most of us hold dear, it is their right to do so!
Trampling on a flag is a form of speech according to the law so I have another form of speech that is being abridged and we are doing nothing about it.
If I am traveling down the road and see some cop lurking in the woods waiting for some speeder; and I flash my lights to warn fellow travelers I can get ticketed.
Folks that is wrong on so many levels and nothing is being done about it. Some days don’t you just feel like a sheep with the cops and other bureaucrats as the big bad wolf?
Flashing my lights is my right under the first amendment. Just as it is my right to flip on the CB or other communication device and warn people.
The problems are twofold.
First and foremost traffic tickets have been a source of revenue generation and that is wrong as it removes objectivity from the equation. In many cases it turns traffic enforcement into a game and guess what it does for public relations between citizen’s and the police?
Secondly what is flashing my lights? It is a code. What is a code? It is a form of speech, my speech!
This is actually a case for the ACLU… My free speech is being abridged here!
Not only I am well within my rights to flash my lights, I am doing a public service in that I am actually slowing traffic back to whatever the legal limit is; which is the sole purpose of the traffic cop in the first place.
This needs to be a change.org thing.
This will probably be better suited for the states to deal with rather than trying to get those inside the beltway to do anything. They have to take a poll to figure out if they should go to the bathroom much less actually vote on something that matters.
As always, I welcome your input, thoughts and enlightened conversation about this or any of my other blogs.
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