The Founding Fathers of the United States put into place a series of laws that protects the rights of the individual from the power of an ever expanding government. These laws, collectively known as the Constitution, protected future Americans from the invasive and tyrannical governments of the eighteenth century. More than two-hundred years later, the Constitution is more vital than ever in protecting the rights of every American from the government that we, the people, elect. The First Amendment of the Constitution protects the peoples rights of expression. Expression that in the British controlled colonies could have led to execution.
Throughout American history people have had the right to be able to express themselves through art, words, and actions but with some limitations. These rights have been guarded by the people’s right to protection known as the right to Bear Arms or the Second Amendment. The reason for these rights is the founding fathers desire to create a country different from the rest of the world, where that people can be free from oppressive powers and able to participate in any religion and say anything. As United States history continues more and more people believe that people shouldn’t have these rights. These rights helped make America what it is today.
Constitutional Law was created as the chosen way to preserve the United States of America Constitution, ratified by Congress in 1783, in respect to its meanings, use, and enforcement, for free government, and equal justice under the law for all Americans. However, as times and generations have passed, the U.S. Constitution remains the supreme law of the land. Among the most contemporary and controversial elements are the challenges of evolving interpretations of the freedom of speech, and search warrants, which have both had a major impact on society. In particular, we explore speech not protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, as well as some circumstances when a search warrant is not required for a valid search. A conclusion is drawn and outlined based on research conducted to offer a concise in-depth observation of the above topics.
Freedom of speech, ones right to say what they please without fear of being punished, is among one of the most treasured freedoms throughout America. Protected by the relevant constitutional provision, this freedom was also deemed most important by the founders. The first inhabitants of North American colonies, whom were controlled by the British, did not have the legal right to speak out against government policies or issues such as unfair laws and taxes, English speech regulations were quite restrictive. After several prosecutions of speaking out against the government, the trial of John Peter Zenger, who was convicted of opposing the government, marked the beginning of a greater tolerance of free speech. In response to the American Revolutionary War, the Constitution of the United States was created.
Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important rights that we have in this country. Our forefathers knew this and acknowledged this in our great constitution which protects our rights as citizens in America. Censorship is a complete contradiction to this concept that has helped make America the greatest country in the world. If we do not stand up for our rights for free speech, someday it may be taken away all together. Everyday there are people out there trying to ban and censor things from Americans, things that as an American you have the right to view.
Religion is an essential and complex facet of the American psyche. It plays a key role in supporting the ideal of American exceptionalism and has done so from Independence to the present day. Religion also plays a role in national identification through the “Americanisation” of religion. The emergence of transcendentalism, cults, evangelical sects, and Christian Zionism have all been a result of both the “Americanisation” of faith and American exceptionalism. The importance of religion to America as a nation, means that religion is granted certain freedoms that make passing laws regulating it difficult.
The colonists had developed great ideas about the government and our foundation to our rights and independence. The way they fought off the British was a smart way with good tactics as well as strong protest. All people have the equal rights and we all need them in order to have a structured government. The idea, law is king, is the definition of the government, which is a great theory made. We can use many of these ideas and theories so we can use them in modern day to help our understandings of how the government and who were the people to stand up to the Parliament for our own independence and government.
This essay will reflect on the rights guaranteed to American citizens, and the guaranteed freedom that is most relevant to me personally. However, the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, were adopted in the United States Constitution in 1791 after the states ratified and approved them. The First amendment guaranteed freedom of religion. A person has the freedom to practice whatever religion they prefer and if they prefer not, is their choice. Congress cannot support one religion over another: freedom of speech, one has the freedom to express their opinions about anything of interest to them as long as they do not harm another person by what they are saying: freedom of press, one has the freedom to express their opinions or ideas in writing, this can include the newspaper, books, magazines, or any other printed material: freedom of assembly, one has the freedom to assemble in public places to hold meeting for a particular purpose as long as it is done peacefully.
ACLU is “America’s nation's guardian of liberty”, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in America. Freedom of speech is a gift to human beings, without this right the people couldn’t express themselves or even worst, to say what they feel or want for a better life. United States is one of the countries that protect this right, but in the world there are governments that do not respect and do not know that this right exists. The relation between democratic government and freedom of speech is that they both depend in each other. If democracy wasn’t a type of government, and the first amendment wouldn’t exist, what will be happening today?
The 1st Amendment is a very essential freedom that everyone should be entitled to. Our independence is the most important essential need of humans. It lets us be and act how we are and want to be. The reason why the Europeans immigrated to America was to find their freedom of religion. After the colonists worked their hardest to find what they were looking for they finally achieved it.