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goalie31 May 30th, 2018 12:09pm

The first amendment is the most important amendment to the Constitution since is guarantees use the rights to freely criticize our government and to form a voice against tyranny

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NDAmerican WV Escapee
05/30/18 11:06 am

In a democracy, a free voice is the first line of defense against tyranny. However, when we have the mob rules which democracies normally entail, then personal defense is the final defense against tyranny. This is why the Second Amendment is more important. Free speech can be silenced by the Majority through procedure. Security of one's self can only be violated through force.

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Nemacyst No Lives Matter
05/30/18 7:07 am

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/30/18 6:19 am

I agree with the second part, but not the first. All guaranteed rights are important. The first ten amendments are not ordered by their relative value, but by where in the base document the various provisions they amend appear. In fact, in my view, there are far more important later amendments guaranteeing rights than any of the first ten.

goalie31 Byzantine Catholic
05/30/18 6:28 am

Really? I feel like the rights established in 1-10 we're required to be able to form the good later ones. 13-15 for example.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/30/18 1:24 pm

There's a pretty good explanation here. Apparently the first was originally third, still without any implication regarding its relative importance. Ranking the value of rights would be unique to each situation and individual, and none is considered subordinate to another. In any case, you’d be hard pressed to declare any of the first ten more important than the thirteenth. Or the nineteenth. Because without 13 and 19, it appears we’re just selectively applying the others, making them essentially meaningless.