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The First Amendment in Crawford

Protesters in Crawford have been arrested.  This is going to lead to a discussion on the First Amendment.  Let’s keep in mind that the First Amendment affords us the right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  This does not give people the right to disrupt private citizens from quiet enjoyment of their property.  There is no First Amendment Right to disrupt or protest other citizens and there is no right for protesters to determine whatever venue they please to protest the Government. 

Anyone in the MSM who whines about Crawford arrests as an infringement on First Amendments rights, is advocating the position that protesters could show up outside their house.  Imagine a “Camp Crawford” like spectacle outside the property an AP Writer or newspaper editor.  How would they like it?  What would their neighbors say?

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Todd Manzi is a frequent contributor to Human Events. He lives in Mosinee Wisconsin and writes most passionately about media bias, the Constitution, education, supply-side economics and out-of-control Congressional Spending. He can be contacted through his website (

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