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.

Land of the free, home of the brave. This is and will always be what makes America strong. The ability to do and say what we wish and throw down those who attempt to oppress or oppose us. This is how our country was built and will be how we stay strong. Although over time our concepts may have been modified, the ideals of our great nation have never changed. The first amendment is what makes this country free, our citizens brave. The first amendment frees us from persecution and opens us to change. In America we are able to say all that can be said, and learn all that there is to be known. Everyone has a voice and every voice can be heard. We can praise the government or condemn it and if even one person finds something not to like he/she has the power of petition and the right of assembly. In America every faith is accepted; none are condemned. We as Americans have the right and responsibility to do, be and say what we wish, so long as what we wish does not infringe on the rights of others. It is in our ideals that we have found our diversities and it is through diversity that we have found unity, and a nation, our nation, united will never fall.

Almost three hundred years ago men and women from around the world came to this the new world. But they knew before they got here it was not a new world. This new land was really no different than the old. It had trees and houses, roads and even countrymen just like the old, it may have been new, but this new land was far from different. Yet those who came, our forefathers, called America the new world not because of what was there or what was brought there, but because of what could be established on this new land. Men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Andrew Jackson set out on a dangerous path when they traveled seemingly endless miles across the sea to this new world, which was far from safe or secure and they traveled here for one reason, one purpose; it was free untouchable or controllable by Britain. Taxable? Yes, but controllable never. Britain tried to put in place its rules against secret assemblies and regulations concerning the press, but the colonist would not stand for it. They pressed on and rose above the tyranny of their oppressors. These men had seen persecution, books burned and ideas crushed to keep the people under control.

These men our fore fathers saw these things and set forth to right these wrongs. These the enlightened sought to break free from the shackles of censorship and secrecy, they strive to express their ideas with the world and hear the world respond. These men knew when they came to rise above their oppressors, they knew good men would be killed and great ships sunk. But for the ability the freedom to think for themselves and openly exchange any idea, there was no price too great.

Will Americans today forfeit these freedoms and allow nearly three hundred years of effort and countless lives lost to be in vane, simply because the battle is not yet over? The new world has tasted freedom and has only just begun to grasp it. The cost of freedom has been the endless lives of the oppressed and the fall of nations, but the battle continues to rage on. The only question that now remains is do Americans continue to fight and hold true to the cause set before them by the most basic right, the right to think, or do Americans forfeit. America is at a crossroads, they have now seen what the oppressed can do and now know that it truly is a dangerous world, but should this realization that it is not safe cause America to sacrifice superficial ideals like freedom of speech, or even the ability to feel secure in ones own home simply to let the government do their job. The New World stands for the people not the nations and nothing not a million bombs or a billion deaths should ever take that away!