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Restore constitutional rights


Last updated 4/10/2020 at 9:50am

Our nation’s founding fathers were no strangers to pandemics.

They knew of many viruses and diseases — yellow fever, smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, to name a few. Yet, when the Constitution was written and signed, our founding fathers chose not include a caveat for a health emergency as a reason to suspend the inalienable rights of U.S. citizens.

Indeed, they took steps to prevent such an effort in the First Amendment: “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; o...

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