May 16, 1918

On May 16, 1918, the Sedition Act of 1918 was passed by the US Congress, which made criticizing the government an imprisonable offense. This law was repealed on December 13, 1920. The thing to remember about the United States is that it has in the past made many mistakes. Our country has passed laws that attacked and reduced the freedoms of its citizens. It has also recognized when it has done so and repealed many of those laws. The Sedition Act of 1918 was one of the instances that our lawmakers quickly recognized that a decision was made from fear and fixed it. Our country will recognize wrongs that we have committed and work to fix them. It just has to be reminded and shown the way.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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