Woven into the foundational fabric of our nation and recognized by scholars as the core principle of our Constitutional Republic is the priceless right of qualified voters to participate in free and fair elections.
On Monday, April 4, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion in Thompson v. Clark, protecting rights of former criminal defendants to bring civil lawsuits against government officials who violated their Fourth Amendment rights during a prior criminal proceeding(s), in fact, engaged in “malicious prosecution.”
It goes without saying that the Framers were exceptionally creative visionaries of reason. Their capacity to apply reason to an imagined future civil society was incredibly measured, considering their reasoning was grounded in what they witnessed and suffered at the hands of a tyrant.
Freedom of speech is not only a God-given right and was protected as such in 1791 with the ratification of the Bill of Rights, it also has been declared a fundamental human right by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as set forth in the UN’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and formally memorialized as a UN Official Document.