Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I have been brewing on this subject for a while and have been wanting to write about it on my blog.
Everything we view, or type on the Internet or check out from the library and buy, is being looked at by our government.  I do not want to be put on a list, or looked at as an enemy of the state. I just want to be a regular Joe that stays off the black list and feel safe.
I think what has happened over the last six years in this Country has made the ignored the First Amendment.
We live in a state of fear.  Fear to buy or check out a book from a library that has anything to do with bombs, terrorism, or anything anti-government.  Fear to say anything in protest or to discuss our political gripes in public.
Prior to 2000 Music and Movie stars used to be very open about their political beliefs and complaints. We the public cheer them on or booed them and life went on.  They continued to make movies or put out hits.
Now they have joined the general public, they tip toe around words saying politically correct stuff out of fear, fear of losing fame, and fear of being jobless.
The other night at the Grammy the once shamed Dixie chicks took home 5 awards for an album that hardly got any radio time.  Big sis thinks this is a silent protest from the backer of the Grammy that the political heads of this country cannot ruin a talented group for speaking their beliefs.  In case you may not have remember in 2003 while in England Natalie one of the Dixie Chicks was quoted as saying, “We’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” As harmless as that statement was, I say harmless because I grew up in the 70’s and I remember some real doozies statements that were negative criticism our political leaders from the famous.
Those words put the Chicks in a very negative light jeopardizing their life work. I believe that at majority of the people who are angry about this war, or disgusted with Abu Ghraib, or the lack of privacy, just to touch a few issues are driven to silence out of fear.
We were once a Land of the Free, but I think fear is taking over the free.