Good evening, dearest men, and welcome to the Constitutional Convention. My name is Delegate Hamilton and I would like to introduce the first right for today of all of my proposed first amendment. We will first go over the right to religion. This country's first exposure to western civilization came on the back of the need for religious freedom. Because religion has shown throughout history to be a tool for implementing tyranny, it is imperative that this right be reserved for the people. In the past, free religion has meant being able to move from an Anglican Church country to a Catholic country., Now, it will entail true freedom in being able to practice religion freely
Secondly, dear friends, the right to speech, crucially. A trademark of tyranny is the crackdown on the ability for a citizen to speak one's mind. In order to accomplish our goal of creating a society free of tyranny, speech must be allowed. In England and the other European countries, speech against the church was not allowed. We, as free people, need to establish once and for all that this right goes beyond religion and furthermore goes hand in hand with the right to religion.
Mr. Franklin, I'm sure this one might speak to you as the famed newspaperman we know you are. I would like to present for your consideration the right to press. This right makes certain that people are always informed and are aware of how the government is treating the people, thereby checking tyranny in a way. I trust we are all aware of Britain's abuse of the press in the last few decades. This has manifested in the stamp act which undoubtedly cracked down on the press, and the press taxes that did the same. In our continual fight to get right what Britain got wrong, here is certainly an area of importance,
My penultimate right is that to peaceably assemble in a protest. Relying on the natural rights presented just previously and in Mr. Jefferson's declaration, I surmise it crucial that you agree that we must establish this right. Time and again, grievances have gone unanswered because of the citizens' inability to speak of them. This right will change that. We know how protestors were treated in England and France and we shall not return to those days and those places.
Lastly, I present to you the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. This comes as a logical result of the previously presented right. If the government simply will not answer those protests and assemblies, there ought be a system in place wherein the citizenry may send those grievances to the leadership directly. You must be aware of the fact that the protests I just mentioned in England and France would not have gone anywhere even if they were allowed. It is therefore clear that we must fix their mistakes once and for all. Now, who's with me?!