With our growing base, we would like to introduce Jaclyn Alba and her thoughts on what on what’s going on in our world. Jaclyn’s comments are below:
A lot has happened the past week, as the result of a presidential election. I saw friends of mine say nasty things and I saw people unfriend each other because they had different opinions and weren’t adult enough to respect each other’s views. I had to delete posts on my own page because people were starting to argue with others and say things that I know they wouldn’t have the courage to say in person.
I see a lot of anger and hate right now, and it confuses me. I am a military member who finds it normal to receive and obey orders. It doesn’t matter who I voted for in the last two elections because the oath I took superseded any opinion I had. In fact, you are essentially not allowed to have an opinion in the armed forces, or at least be vocal about it. Otherwise, you could technically become a piece of propaganda for an opposing nation or group who may be trying to seek out the vulnerabilities of our great nation. So, with that being said, I would like to go over what it is exactly that a military member swears their life and blood to protect and maybe help Americans better understand their rights.
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Could Someone Actually Restrict My Freedom of Speech?
The 1st amendment states:
“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.”
What this explicitly means is that anyone who is protesting right now in Washington DC or New York or Los Angeles is practicing the protected rights that our forefathers fought and died for. Plain and simple.
If you call yourself an American but criticize others who openly practice this right, you need to go back and reread what it means to practice free speech and assemble peacefully. If you truly love this country and you thanked a veteran last Friday, then you need to respect the rights of everyday Americans, regardless of their service or place in society.
What sense does it make to thank a veteran for their sacrifices if you are going to crucify the people who are exercising the rights that they shed blood to protect? I may not agree with you, but personally, I thank you for not letting their sacrifices be in vain. Go protest, go do it peacefully, be heard. Just don’t infringe on the rights of others while you are at it.
What It Means to Be a Citizen
A more looked over amendment that I honestly think needs to be addressed is the 14th amendment section 1:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
First off, you cannot be deported if you are a legalized citizen of the United States of America. I have seriously heard people who are 3rd generation citizens of this country (of which I am myself) express a fear of being deported. This has a lot to do with the misinformation going around.
Let the Constitution subside your fears. You are a citizen, and not only are you a citizen, but the state has more influence over your residency than the federal government does. If you read that last little bit after the semicolon, it states that none of your rights can be taken away unless you break the law. Such as, drinking and driving, murder, grand larceny; that sort of thing.
Basically, if you are a legal resident and a law-abiding citizen you have no need to worry about being deported. If you are illegal, however, then I hope you realize how lenient this country has been to you. Go look up the immigration laws in Switzerland or Australia and then count your lucky stars you are still able to be up for process as opposed to being thrown out of the country. (Seriously… Google them.)
Education is the key, point blank.
You should aware of what is going on or not, and that does not mean you read Tweets of your favorite celebrities. It means you actually read the Government documents that rule this country and understand what they say.
The unrest about this election has caused a lot of alarmism about the way we talk to each other, and how we view the world. We have gotten to the point where we are believing illogical things, because we are too fearful or angry to think and do our research.
We are protected in this country by documents that have stood the test of time, and a much more chaotic world than the one we are living in now. But you must always know that you can go back to the Constitutional rights granted to every citizen of the United States and you can be secure in knowing your place and presence as an American.
Please have a discussion on what I’ve had to say. Let me know what you think and let’s make the world a better place. Also, feel free to share this with your friends on Facebook.