We see it everyday in social media, political or religious posts from one far side to the other. During football season, the NFL players and their peaceful protest regarding the National Anthem was most talked about week after week. What should we think about these conflicting opinions?

It is an arena where beliefs clash with rights, language gets murky in the face of feelings, and judgment prevails.

Beliefs Aren’t Amendments Or Laws

Beliefs are merely feelings, which over time have morphed into habits or ways of doing. When someone in a powerful political position feels that there is only one way to exhibit respect; it limits the freedoms of those who choose to express it differently. The first Amendment prohibits the government from imposing limits on free speech. The distinction in the language of the first Amendment is clear:

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.”

Congress has not made a law abridging the freedom of speech; but for some Americans debating the NFL players’ protest, it’s good enough that the President of the United States said so.

For some, siding with the POTUS means siding with the USA, and anyone who disagrees is, frankly, un-American. This, too is a belief. It’s simply not true. It has nothing to do with whom anyone voted for or politics in general… it’s pure judgment.

It’s ‘the way I express respect is right and the way you do it is wrong.’ It’s my-way-is-the-right-way. If it’s imposed on someone else, it’s not independence. It’s not liberty. It’s not freedom.

Who Has The Right To Say What Our Beliefs Should Be

In our quest to ‘Make America Great Again’, let’s remember to embrace the differences that insure domestic Tranquility that the Preamble established. Let’s adopt the verbiage of the Constitution as it was written.


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Elizabeth Viszt
Elizabeth is a certified Educational Specialist and Success Coach. She has a BA, MS in biology with a concentration in ethology (animal behavior), is an EAGALA Equine Specialist in equine assisted learning and personal development, and has extensive personal leadership skills. She spent much of her career in education at the high school, college and correctional facility levels teaching biology & chemistry and acting in the capacity of a success coach. Elizabeth presents workshops and seminars which address communication issues as they manifest in personal relationships. She uses writing as both a creative and cathartic outlet, especially after losing both of her parents to cancer in 2015. She lives in upstate NY, on a farm that bears the name of her motto: Be Unreasonable! She's invested in empowering others in moving their pieces forward in the world.

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