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.So... the Constitution says you have a right to petition, but the "laws of the land" say not here, not there, and not over there. You have a right, but if you try to exercise that right, you get arrested! Here was an attempt to exercise a Constitutional right and it got the protesters arrested:
The joke is:
The Constitution gave no "rights" to corporations, but the Supreme Court has empowered things to be "people" by giving corporations more rights than people have. Corporations don't need to petition their government because they simply buy the politicians they need.The reason why the founders of the US put in the First Amendment was that they knew that people would not have the power individually and had to have a mechanism to get the attention of their government. But the government, through laws and legal decisions, has systematically shutdown all access except to those with the money to buy access. The Supreme Court has participated in this farce by twisting the Constitution to ignore facts and make up "new realities" that cater to the very rich in the very process that has corrupted the system!