Reflection: Freedom vs. security and the First Amendment

By Nicole Ziege, F/G Scholar

When a country like the United States declares war, balancing freedom and security is one of its greatest challenges because while the government needs to maintain the freedoms of its people, it also wants to ensure national security. In my opinion, there are two types of national security: national security in terms of securing victory during the war with enough supplies and man power, and national security in terms of preventing foreign threats against potential foreign threats. Continue reading Reflection: Freedom vs. security and the First Amendment

Reflection: Threads of protest in Supreme Court precedents

By Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholar

Fleischaker Greene LogoThe nature of a protest is inherently centered around disagreement, and in our country disagreement is something that is not only encouraged, but protected by the laws that govern our citizens. Protests are a byproduct of mounting conflict and disagreement. Naturally, protests are also byproducts of American citizens’ First Amendment rights. Four Supreme Court cases that have resulted in landmark precedents toward further protecting and encouraging this type of pure freedom have some very interesting common threads to be analyzed. Continue reading Reflection: Threads of protest in Supreme Court precedents

Reflection: Struggle between the empowered and the unempowered

By Emma Collins, F/G Scholar

Supreme Court cases often involve a legal struggle between the unempowered minority and the empowered majority, and First Amendment cases are no different. In fact, First Amendment cases may present this struggle more clearly because in many cases, those who are being silenced are the same people whose voices often have little power. Such is the case for the following five cases: Abrams v. United States (1919), Edwards v. South Carolina (1963), Tinker v. Des Moines (1968), Texas v. Johnson (1989) and Snyder v. Phelps (2010). Continue reading Reflection: Struggle between the empowered and the unempowered