Great Falls ‘Black Lives Matter’ Rally

Friday, folks gathered in front of the Great Falls Civic Center to show their solidarity in a Black Lives Matter rally. Good for them.

In the midst of the roiling national turmoil we are all currently experiencing, and in spite of widely divergent views held on a variety of racial and social issues, there is one thing on which we should all find common ground – the right to freely express our opinions and exercise our First Amendment Rights.

And here it is in all of it’s magnificent beauty and simplicity:

“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.”

Of course the word “peaceably” is paramount. The danger of descending into chaos and violence during an assembly for protest is ever present and all too real, as we have all witnessed on our TV screens over the last nine days.

And too often too many folks overlook the meaning and import of the first phrase of the First Amendment, and therefore misinterpret the heart of our Constitution.

“Congress shall make no law…”, which points to the unmistakable intention of the Framers – our Constitution was not written to tell citizens what they are allowed to do, but rather it was written to spell out precisely what our government is NOT ALLOWED TO DO.

So though we may disagree, even about fundamentals, let’s ALL celebrate our precious God given rights to say so freely. Peaceably.

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Rick Tryonhttp://www.ricktryon.com
Rick Tryon is an entrepreneur, a singer-songwriter, and is currently serving a four year term as a Great Falls City Commissioner. Helping Montana become an even greater place to live, play and work is Tryon's passion.

4 COMMENTS

    • Such rumors have been spread about protests in many cities. It appears to be a coordinated misinformation campaign. As always, “consider the source(s)”.

  1. I hate agreeing with 95% of a Rick Tryon statement, it makes me feel dirty. But, while I don’t condone the rioting and violence, I will add that it has accomplished things in the past. We’ve all seen the Tea Party reference which is a meh analogy. I think the most appropriate here is the killing of MLK. After MLK was assassinated there were riots and protests for 6 days. On the 7th day, due to his death and intense pressure from these riots and protests, the Civil Rights Act was passed. The unfortunate fact is that huge peaceful protests just don’t produce results, as seen from the Parkland school shooting.

  2. So Rick should be just as outraged as many of us when O.P.O.S. cleared out that peaceful protest so he could pose with Ivanka’s bible? I’m a atheist but shouldn’t that have been the Hebrew version? If it was Ivanka’s.

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