This week there were two rallies — one to stand with Black Lives Matter where the Mayor and Sheriff walked with many Jaguar players and demonstrators and the other to celebrate Flag Day/Trump’s Birthday with a Flotilla down the St. Johns River. Both rallies were peaceful.

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Mayor Curry and Mike Williams protest
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Flag Day/Trump birthday Boat Flotilla rally

As Jacksonville prepares for the RNC Convention in August, we acknowledge there is angst within the people and many are worried about their safety.

We believe Jacksonville can be safe during this time and can be an example as to why the First Amendment is FIRST and the most important of all amendments of our Constitution. It gives each citizen the right to “peacefully” gather to express one’s views and to address grievances against the government. Specifically it states:

“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.”

As long as our local government allows for peaceful demonstrations, we will be fine. If, however, riots and people who want to destroy property or hurt people, are allowed to run rampant in our streets, we will not be safe. This means the sheriff and those coming in from the Federal government to ensure safety MUST arrest them, throw the book at them, and make sure they are punished severely for their acts. Allowing rioters to destroy cities lies in the lap of those who govern those cities.

If the First Amendment is not adhered to with the “peacefully” word, we expect the Second Amendment to be used: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Enforcing the Constitution scares so many on the left and we can’t understand “Why?”

For those on the right, it is a contract between us and the government and the words of the Preamble reflect why we love it so much:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

If we allow any attack on this document, we become a country in crisis, run by anarchists, our safety at risk, our freedoms eliminated and our beloved America destroyed.

We must — at all costs — do our part to protect this contractual document between us and the government. If we do not fight for our rights, who will?

To learn more about your contract with our government, check out The Constitution here: The Constitution

It’s always a good thing to review contracts every now and then.

An “every now and then” is upon us.

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