The Right To Be Wrong: Your First and Foundational RightSubmitted by Chris Conspiraski on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 10:20
The Right To Be Wrong: Your First and Foundational Right
In studying the Constitution, the prevailing wisdom is that the document serves to protect various enumerated rights, all of which are given to the citizenry not from the government, but from God, god, the gods, random chance, whomever or whatever one chooses to identify as their 'creator'.
Further study of the Bill of Rights reveals that some of the rights outlined in the amendments are based on other rights already established. For example, in the first Amendment we read "shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press". Clearly if freedom of speech is a right then it must follow that the freedom to write down your beliefs should not be abridged. It goes on "or the right of the people peaceably to assemble" which would naturally follow freedom of press to spread these written words (this being before the internet age).
As 'freedom to petition the Government for a redress of grievances' and 'freedom to use the internet' naturally follow a right to free speech, so must that right, the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects", and all others have a single foundational right. I propose that this right is the fundamental, God-given right to be wrong.
The constitution prevents the government from interfering in your right to be wrong: in your speech, in your written word, in your religion, in your private activities, in your right to defend yourself in a murder trial even if you happen to be guilty. If that isn't wrong I don't know what is.