The First Amendment | Letter

The first amendment guarantees the freedom to express one’s opinions and to find redress through the constitutional process to amend perceived grievances. It does not allow for the advocation of the overthrow of the constitution and government by force. Donald Trump can’t claim that he was exercising his first amendment rights since the first amendment excludes his purpose. It gives him the right to peacefully petition the rightful government to redress his complaint.

When I was in grade school. I was taught that I had the right to free speech except to advocate the overthrow of the U.S. Government by force. Why is that fact currently being ignored? We the people have successfully changed the Constitution with a total of twenty-seven ratified and six unratified amendments to the Constitution. That should prove that the system works as it should, given the opportunity.

Detlef Wieck,

San Juan Island.