Let freedom ring

Peter Sagal’s motorcycle journey across the United States revealed to him just how every-day Americans view the document that frames our nation’s government.

“Constitution USA with Peter Sagal” airs its second installment Tuesday night at 8 on KACV-TV and viewers will learn from “It’s a Free Country” how the Bill of Rights affects Americans’ lives.

The Bill of Rights are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and they lay out the liberties and freedoms that all Americans enjoy. The very first amendment lays out several guarantees: that Congress shall make no law establishing a state religion; that Americans should have the right to speak freely and openly about their government without fear of reprisal; that Americans should have the freedom to assemble peaceably to state their grievances; and that the press shall be free from any government interference or control.

Sagal’s special will examine freedom of speech and religion, among the other freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

Of course we all know that many elements of the Bill of Rights have come under close scrutiny since the Constitution was ratified in 1789. Some folks have sought many ways to circumvent those freedoms. Indeed, the Second Amendment, which guarantees citizens the right to “keep and bear arms” is under intense discussion at this very moment. That debate shows no sign of letting up any time soon.

The second installment of Sagal’s constitutional exploration will provide plenty of grist for all Americans to ponder.

The journey continues.


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