To the Editor,

Gentlemen: You have received in the paper (though not in person) a demand that you approve all public gatherings or marches. This person is doing it out of pure disagreement with a message another group shared. He made this call for action one letter after expressing disdain for what they were saying.

You must remind this individual that your hands are tied. “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.”

Yes I know that you are not Congress, but you might want to check with the city attorney. It seems that it applies to you also through the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

If you take this individual’s advice, then you would have the right to discriminate at will against anything you disagree with. You would have the powers of a tyrant. The next logical step for you to take would be to consider the “Voice of the Readers” page in the Waxahachie Daily Light as public domain and that anything printed in that section must have your approval. You would have to (following the logic of the misguided individual) so as to prevent the city being seen in a way you disagree with. If you are going to trample one part of the right, why not go for two parts and eliminate any possibility of having opposing views to what you believe.

I do caution you though, there still is that pesky Second Amendment to deal with. Which brings me to this conclusion. Never ever should the threat of arms be used, unless one is trying to trample the rights endowed by our Creator. Then they should be used to their fullest.

In the land still free of tyrants,

Daryl Stanford,