The 1st Amendment protects our rights and diversity as Americans. It gives us the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, petition, and religion.
The aspect of America that is most appealing is the freedom of speech. For example, each and every American has the right to think and feel whatever he or she pleases. This right gives people a feeling of dignity; it lets them feel as if they are in control of their lives. However, there are certain restrictions concerning what we are exposed to. Especially minors. The 9th Amendment gives power to the state to protect it's citezens. As the "children,"" we are limited by our "superiors-. Personally, I think this idea seems really wrong, but who cares what I think "I'm a minor! Obviously, most children are astonishingly immature, but, fortunately, not all of us are like that. We do have brains and we are human. In addition, there are other restrictions on what we say and wear. "Slander- is a term used to describe a spoken lie that prevents someone from earning a living. No one can make treasonous statements, such as, "Kill the President- or other government official, and no one can talk about overthrowing the government. Furthermore, there are some freedoms that people abuse. Americans have the right to state their feelings, be they negative or positive, toward other races and religions. I understand that this is a serious issue and many people who have been hurt in America's history of slavery and other racially discriminating times feel uncomfortable talking about it. They are also extremely sensitive to anything that may sound potentially racist, but I feel uncomfortable talking to people not like me (which is really wrong) about our diversity because I have to be so careful about what I say. I feel as if I can't be myself. I suppose free speech is a good thing, but it really depends on how one looks at it. It guarantees more than most countries, but it allows people to say things that are seething with hate and can be really painful.