When It Comes to the First Amendment, The Founders Didn’t Know What The Internet Was Like
The Founding Fathers knew that the internet would transform our lives.
In their defense, that doesn’t mean that they were ignorant about what the internet was like.
They had no idea that computers could transform human beings into zombies, and that our modern internet would make us a minority in a post-civilization world.
In the 18th century, John Adams was the president of the United States, and he was an ardent supporter of the internet.
In his inaugural address, Adams said, “I have had many occasions to hear the clamor of the people against the encroachments of the tyrants, and have found that the most vehement objections have been raised to the authority of Congress.”
That same year, he also declared, “It is the duty of the legislative body of the States to make laws for the government of the commonwealth, to preserve and perpetuate the liberties of the community, to secure the support of the State, and to defend the rights of the individual.”
And yet, in the 21st century, the internet is one of the most powerful tools that our government has ever used to silence dissent and to suppress free speech.
The internet is the backbone of our democracy.
We’re the internet, the backbone is the power that’s at the heart of the modern republic.
The Founders had a vision of a world where the internet had the power to transform humanity into a cyborg.
As John Adams once wrote, “We have made ourselves so dependent upon the powers of the world that it is not to be imagined that we shall ever be free.”
The internet revolution was a watershed moment for our country, a moment that ushered in the internet as the most significant tool in the arsenal of the executive branch of government.
But the internet has also been a powerful tool for the executive to censor dissent.
In January 2017, President Donald Trump signed a sweeping order to crack down on social media and online activism.
The new law would give the National Security Agency (NSA) the power for the first time to collect private communications data from American citizens, including their emails, social media posts, and browsing histories.
The president also authorized the use of warrantless wiretapping by the NSA and the FBI to spy on people’s computers, mobile phones, and internet connections.
The NSA’s data collection is unprecedented, even for the most intrusive and secretive of agencies.
This is the kind of power that the president has been using to clamp down on dissent and the free flow of information.
And it is the opposite of what the Founders intended when they envisioned a democracy based on the free exchange of ideas.
We know that the founders never envisioned the internet to be a tool for mass surveillance.
And in fact, the first drafts of the Constitution did not even mention the internet at all.
The US Constitution was not written in a day.
In fact, as early as 1787, the US government was already experimenting with the internet and its technologies.
In 1790, the Massachusetts General Court made use of a copy of the American Constitution and the first draft of the Bill of Rights.
By 1796, the Congress had passed a law authorizing the NSA to collect data from the communications of Americans without a warrant.
The law was also codified in the 1799 Statutes of Congress.
The 1799 Bill of the Rights, however, was not the first.
In 1806, the House of Representatives passed a bill that codified a few of the rights outlined in the Constitution, including freedom of speech and of the press.
This would become known as the First Amendments, and it is often called the “Second Amendment.”
These amendments gave Congress the power not just to regulate the internet but also to enact a national security law that would have given the government the power, for the next fifty years, to spy upon anyone.
These amendments are a testament to the fact that our founding fathers understood that a democratic republic was built on the rule of law.
They knew that laws had to be based on sound principles and were supposed to be enforced.
But their vision of our founding democracy was a world that was defined by a free exchange, in which citizens and institutions of government would work together to protect and preserve their own freedoms.
The Founding fathers saw the internet differently.
In part, this was because they were wary of government spying on their constituents.
During the Spanish-American War, Spanish officials monitored Americans’ communications as they traveled between the United Kingdom and Spain.
They also kept tabs on Americans’ movements and communications while on missions overseas.
In addition, the British tried to spy into the communications between American families living in England.
In a letter to the Congress in 1797, James Madison wrote, The [First Amendment] was written to prevent an unreasonable invasion of the liberties guaranteed to the citizens by the Constitution.
If any part of this Amendment was to be repealed by the Legislature, it should be done so by the first of January, and if the [First] Amendment was in any way impaired by