The Antisemitism Controversy Shows the Wisdom of the First Amendment

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

When proponents of the Constitution were trying to persuade the American people to adopt it, they said that the only powers that the federal government could exercise were the powers that were expressly enumerated in the document itself. Since there was no power to infringe freedom of speech, for example, the federal government could not suppress speech. However, our American ancestors were not satisfied with that assurance. Immediately after the Constitution was enacted, they demanded that it be amended to read in part as follows: ‘Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.’ … The Antisemitism Awareness Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives just passed by a vote of 320-91, demonstrates the wisdom of our ancestors. One would have a difficult time finding a better example of a law that abridges freedom of speech than that.” (05/13/24)