First Amendment Blog Post

I interviewed 5 people on their thoughts pertaining to the First Amendment. I interviewed my parents who are both 59 years-of-age and then 3 of my friends that are all age 20. I asked all interviewees the same 4 questions which were:

1. Do you agree or disagree with the freedoms?

2. Which do you support, and which do you think are excessive or provide too much freedom?

3. Do you recognize the law?

4. What is your political affiliation/which side do you lean towards more?

My first interview was with my dad, Stuart Friedman, age 59, and his responses were as follows:

1. He completely agrees with all the freedoms listed from the first amendment. He believes they are the principles on which our country was built on.

2.  He supports all the freedoms. He does not think any are too excessive or provide too much freedom.

3. He recognized the law as soon as I started telling it.

4. He affiliates with the Republican Party but tends to lean more towards the Democratic party as of recent years.

My next interview was with my mom, Patricia Friedman, age 59, and her responses were as follows:

1. She agrees with all the freedoms for the same reasons as my dad.

2. She supports all freedoms and does not think one is more important than another.

3. She recognized the law right away as well.

4. She affiliates with the Democratic party.

My next interview was with Caleb Miller, a health and exercise sciences, pre-occupational therapy sophomore, age 20, and his responses were as follows:

1. Caleb agrees with these freedoms because he believes everyone should have the ability to express themselves in anyway they want.

2. He does not think any of the freedoms are too excessive or provide too much freedom. He supports freedom of religion because he believes it is everyone’s inalienable right to be able to express and practice their own religion.

3. Caleb recognized the law.

4. Caleb affiliates with the Republican party.

My next interview was with Maddox Graham, an accounting sophomore, age 20, and his responses were as follows:

1. Maddox agrees with these freedoms. He believes these freedoms are what makes America the land of opportunity and the reason people from around the world want to come here.

2. He does not think any of the freedoms are too excessive, nor does he specifically support any single freedom. He does, however, support all of them in general.

3. Maddox recognized the law.

4. Maddox affiliates with the Republican Party.

My last interview was with Jordan Dwyer, a mechanical engineering sophomore, age 20, and his responses were as follows:

1. Jordan agrees with all these freedoms because they are what separates a democratic republic from a dictatorship.

2. He does not believe any of the freedoms are too excessive, and he supports them all.

3. Jordan recognized the law.

4. Jordan affiliates with the Republican Party.

There were similar patterns that emerged from everyone’s answers. Everyone’s answers were basically the same despite being from different age groups and having different levels of education as well as different occupations. The most common pattern that emerged from the respondents answers was agreement and support of the First Amendment. They all supported all the freedoms, and no one thought any of the freedoms were too excessive either. They all supported the freedoms for basically the same reasons which were mainly that the principles behind the First Amendment are the foundation for which this country was built upon. Most of the interviewees knew a lot about the first amendment. The most impressive thing to me was they all knew that I was talking about the First Amendment right away.

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