American Fundamental Values

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“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”(Benjamin Franklin). Privacy is considered a civil liberty issue. It reflects the American fundamental values such as civil liberties, limited government, and individualism. It covers the whole range of civil liberties spectrum and it holds every aspect of our life. It plays a major role on our daily lives and it is also a main structure in the future of democratic political system (Wemmer, 2012.) Privacy has evolved overtime, privacy can be interpreted from the First ,Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Fourteenth Amendments in the Constitution; however Americans don’t consider the importance of privacy until cases such as Griswold v. Connecticut (381 U.S. 479, 1965), Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113, 1973), Mapp v. Ohio (367 U.S. 643, 1961) are brought to the court. Privacy is a constitutional right that is with the interpretation of the Supreme Court when concerning abortion, and other private sexual behaviors (Living Democracy, 2012.) The boundaries government action can result as the threat to privacy of individual. Privacy assures our basic business from government control. The word privacy does not exist in the Constitution. There are no where one could find the words privacy in the Constitution. Nevertheless, the Founding Fathers thought it a fundamental value that America has the right to be protected. Understanding the intention of the Founding Fathers, the Supreme Court interpreted the right to privacy from the original context was given to them. The Bill of Right and other provisions in the Constitution describe the legal protection of an individual. It reflects the concern of the framers for the aspect of protecting pri... ... middle of paper ... ...nturies. As seen through history, several cases have tested human rights and privacy. Despite improvements, the privacy of American citizens to these days is still being tested with the technology. The government must respect the privacy of their citizens, but only put limitations when they have probable causes. Works Cited The right of privacy . (n.d.). Retrieved from Cornell University Law School. (2010, August 19). right of privacy. Retrieved from Office of the Press Secretary. (2012, February 23). We can’t wait: Obama administration unveils blueprint for a “privacy bill of rights” to protect consumers online. Retrieved from
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