Respect…

The first amendment of the Constitution of the United States reads thusly:

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.

Our forefathers, for their time, actually had a degree of prescience. Each citizen of the United States is entitled to express his/her opinions of the state of the Union. For those with opposing viewpoints, learn to RESPECT the right of each individual to speak their mind. It doesn’t matter if the citizen has a degree from an Ivy League school, is a janitor, teaches for a living, acts or writes music and sings…we are all citizens of what is currently a free country. By rights of the First Amendment, we are given the opportunity to have our voices heard! I have seen one post recently where a very well known award-winning individual has expressed an opinion on the current situation in Puerto Rico and the President’s response thus far. Others have essentially responded to this person saying, to paraphrase, “You’re only a celebrity. Shut up and stick to what you know!” Both the celebrity and antagonist are citizens of this country and are permitted to voice their thoughts; however, the antagonist is rude and disrespectful and does not look beyond his/her own opinion. Agree to disagree! Don’t deride the other person if their viewpoint differs from yours. If you disagree and have a strong urge to respond via social media, simply state, “I understand what you are saying but I beg to differ.” Proper etiquette is still a strong commodity in this country and the individual who remembers this AND utilizes this knowledge will be held in high esteem within a domain falling apart at the seams.

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