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Ma. Cristine Ong History 101 July 11th 2013 ESSAY #2 George Hay was a Virginia legislator who was known for his opposition to the Sedition Act of 1798. The Sedition Act was originally part of the Alien and Sedition Acts, which were passed at the anticipation of war between our nation and the French. These acts, particularly the Alien act were specifically aimed at the French immigrants who were waiting for their citizenships. Americans did not really care about those laws except for the Sedition Act. A lot of Republicans including George Hay opposed to this law, because they thought that it was violating the rights of the Americans to have freedom of speech and of press. So, as a way of expressing his own opinion, George Hay wrote an …show more content…

He strongly believed that the Sedition Act was so unconstitutional, because it was prohibiting the freedom of the citizens to freely express their own opinion, exchange ideas within the society, and most importantly to analyze every aspect of the government. I think we, as a citizen of the United States, have a right to criticize the government and its officials, but that does not mean that we should do it carelessly, nor it should be held against us if we ever do. There is a fine line between criticism and insult, and I think this is where a lot of the problems are coming from. Criticizing the government is all right, as long as we do it in a right manner, and by that, we should be able to point out the things we need improvement on, and also how we would like to execute it in order to make it better. Insulting, on the other hand, is another story. I do not think it is good for the morale of the country and the government, because you are just simply pointing out the imperfections and not necessarily assisting into making it better. We live in a country where democracy is being practiced, so it does not make sense to be charged with a crime for expressing our own, and honest opinion. The voices of the people should always be heard, both the positive and negative assessments. Also, it is written in the constitution under the First Amendment that every single person in this

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