Letters to the Editor

Pence and Trump should defend the First Amendment

Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump do not have the same rights as any other Americans. They supposedly chose a higher calling and swore an oath to defend and support the Constitution, including the First Amendment. I took that same oath four times to serve in the military, and not once was I given the option of which parts of the Constitution I was honor bound to defend.

For those who never read it and for those who have forgotten, please read:

The First Amendment to the US Constitution (1791) prohibits Congress (In this context, Congress includes the president and vice president, and all federal officials) from obstructing the exercise of certain individual freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. It also guarantees an individual’s right to physically gather or associate with others in groups for economic, political or religious purposes.

The vice president and the president, rather than “defending and supporting” the First Amendment rights of the players who took a knee at the 49ers-Colts game, chose to disregard and show disdain for their rights. They are in violation of their oath.

Mervin Sonnier