Again, New York and Virginia originally refused to sign the Constitution. The Bill of Rights was added specifically to assure them that this new Federal Government being created would never trample their rights as sovereign states. It is a protection of The States and The People vs. the Federal Government.
The 1st Amendment protects your right to dissent against the Federal Government. Liberals attack this right at every turn (see Card Check, the “Fairness” Doctrine, and numerous other examples here) while blatantly misrepresenting it to protect pornographers, child–molesters, flag-burners…anything except what it was intended for.
At the center of this treasonous misinformation campaign against the Constitution is the ACLU–Public Enemy #5.