What one freedom (in America) do you consider to be the MOST important?
As Americans we have many "freedoms" and rights. Which do you consider to me the most important either in your own life or overall, in general?
Its a hard call because they are all so important to the American way.
I would have to give the nod to speech since without it all the others will soon fall.
True, but...the freedom to disagree makes no difference any longer. Speaking out against anything has little bearing on our rights to have a democratic republic any longer.
The freedom to keep and bear arms against a tyrannical government and to protect yourself & family from those who would do you harm. The 2nd Amendment protects all the other freedoms and rights we have as an American citizen. Without this right all other rights can be successfully challenged by a clueless and power hungry (current leftist president) administration. Remember, there was the successful & criminal transfer of over 2000 weapons to Mexico just so they could claim more regulation and power over folks who purchase guns. They are really trying hard.
I think that it could be argued that we don’t have freedoms we have rights. The difference being that rights come with responsibilities. You have the right to freedom of speech, but with that comes the responsibility (you can say what you want, but you are liable for what you say just ask Paula Dean). If freedom of speech was free you could say what you want to or about anyone without fear of libel or slander. You have the right to own a firearm, but you are libel for how it is used.
IMHO what is most important is not just one of the individual rights (or freedoms) it’s the Bill of Rights as a whole. Without the Bill of Rights we would have no freedom (just look at the last 200 years of attempts to limit rights my the government that was stopped by the Supreme Court and the Bill of Rights).
I chose this as best answer due to the fact that it addresses the responsibility we each hold with our freedoms. I wish our current administration felt the responsibility that was intended to be held with the freedoms.
Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Education, Freedom of employment, free to form groups and protest as long as they are peaceful, freedom of the Press as long as it isn't slanderous, To bear arms to protect yourself, home, & family, freedom of sexual preference; these seven are controversial presently yet there are other freedoms and privileges just as important to many people - we have plenty in the USA. Happy 4th. - Hubbers.
In my eyes our freedom to speak out and gather peacefully together to do it is the most important. Our government is daily tightening the stranglehold it places upon our liberties in the (false) name of security.
Its our duty as a free people to let our voices be heard in print, online and at the ballot box to protect or fragile freedoms. What good is a little extra security when the greatest danger we face comes from the over-bloated government assigned the task of protecting us? Constantly watching who we speak to, what we say and do is NOT security, it is tyranny.
Freedom of the press. With a free press it will protect many other rights. Without a free press the other "rights and freedoms" are easily taken away. Look what the military did one day ago in the African country of Egypt: the military took over the state television then they took over the president and his political party. Note they did not take any one's weapons or their freedom to assemble. History will point out the most important freedom.
And yet do you feel that the press represents an unbiased account these days? I think not, therefore, freedom of press is no longer a valid freedom in America. When it is so askew....it is invalid.
The freedom to control my own body. Anything else is slavery.
All the freedoms granted in the governing documents are extremely important. But it's the 2nd amendment that gives a potentially tyrannical gov't pause before they infringe on too many of those other freedoms.
All of our liberties have been under attack by a tyrannical government.
I would say "speech" is the most important, because it allows us to work together to bring about needed change. That may well be why the government-corporate hegemony is trying so hard to pass legislation to put a stopper in the last great bastion of free speech -- the Internet. SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, TPP and others are criminally intent on putting control of the Internet in the hands of a few without oversight and without judicial or legislative review.
We've already lost so much of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
A small example of how corrupt the government has become -- Obama said of the prisoners in Guantanamo that they should be kept there indefinitely, even if found innocent of any charges! No wonder he signed the unconstitutional NDAA.
Bush and Obama's travel plans have been curtailed because an increasing number of countries have declared them "war criminals."
America has become the new Evil Empire.
Freedom of choice. If you don't like something; a mate, a job, your income, your religion or whatever, you can choose to get something better.
The right not to have your individual choices, belief systems, and opinions be suppressed by another, especially a group.
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