The U.S. system of government is founded on the idea of majority rule balanced by a guarantee of individual rights—especially the right to dissent from and criticize the government. Civil liberties are threatened when an administration or Congress believes in protecting the rights and privileges of the government instead of those of the people.
The framers of the Constitution understood the importance of this issue and enacted the Bill of Rights to protect the people against excesses by government. Civil liberties belong to everyone citizens, visitors, students—all persons.
Free speech issues were raised when Sands Bethworks donated land to the city with restrictions on free speech, members of the Steelworkers Union, members of the Lehigh University faculty, and community defenders of civil liberties organized a rally there in October 2012.
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