First - the actual text -
"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."
Do you see anything that says after you exercise your 1st amendment, free of government interference..........you are also free from criticism from you fellow citizens?
That's because it isn't there.
If you want to publish a crass political cartoon mocking the physical appearance of a military veteran who sacrificed the sight in his right eye in service to our country.....then standby for heavy rolls, my friend!
If you publish such a cartoon, you are an assclown. And I am going to call you an assclown. That's MY 1st Amendment right.
If you don't like what I have to say, what your fellow citizens have to say......well cry me a river baby! Or defend your position, but don't hide behind the 1st Amendment.
Go read this story at BlackFive.
This is what democracy looks like. Thanks to men and women like Nick Popaditch.