The Declaration of Independence is still very relevant – it still plays a significant role in today’s society. In the beginning of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson wrote about how when any form of government becomes “destructive”, it is the right of the people “to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government…” Jefferson wrote very passionately about how all men have rights which are “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. Jefferson recognized that these rights are not always attainable, but when a government repeatedly ignores these rights completel... ... middle of paper ... ...n the 18th century could have this of a large impact in the world until today? What makes the Declaration especially important is that we broke away from the tyranny of Great Britain, established a government, and became powerful nation of our own. Also, it created a country where freedom and religious acceptance are the rights for all mean in the country.
It seems fairly clear that hate speech when it targets historically or currently oppressed or disadvantaged groups has more power to cause mental and emotional pain than when it is directed at others. However, emotional distress is not itself a harm that can justify restricting speech. Arthur and Altman both agree on this point. Arthur concludes that the content alone of an act of speech cannot cause harm, and therefore that content restrictions like those in university speech codes are unjustifiable. The manner in which an opinion is expressed may be restricted, just as it can by governments: if an act of speech causes disruption to someone’s life, property, or education, then the university should not allow it, regardless of its
Freedom of Speech The First Amendment was ratified along with the American Bill of Rights in 1791. It is deprived from the English Bill of Rights, but there is a major difference. The English Bill of Rights only stretched the freedom of speech for Parliament, but the American Bill of Rights provided the right for all citizens ("First Amendment Freedom" 1). Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers believed that all citizens should have no restrictions on what they wanted to say. This building belief was and still is essential for democracy to thrive ("First Amendment and" 1).
The freedoms of religion, speech, press; right of assembly, and petition are all included and all have their own historical background that led to the adoption of each part of the First Amendment. Many of the colonists who migrated to the United States did so to get away from the religious persecution in England. Therefore, our founding fathers wanted to ensure
The First Amendment does not protect the state or quality of being indecent, immoral, and vulgar. Being obscene is strongly offending the morality or personal rights others have as members of society. "Federal law prohibits the use of misleading domain names, words, or digital images on the Internet with intent to deceive viewers into viewing harmful or obscene material Miller vs. California"(Citizen's Guide to U.S. Federal Law on Obscenity). While it is true that the morality of another person should not be violated there should be an acceptation or group of words that should be permitted to be offensive. This word should be known to everyone and accepted as fighting.
Unlike many other countries America has freedom of speech. Even in other countries in Europe people are not allowed to use “hate speech” and they can be sent to prison for it. Fortunately, the American constitution defends people’s freedom of speech, no matter how controversial it is. Political correctness diminishes people’s free speech. It may not be direct but even indirectly the knowledge that someone might have adverse consequences; such as losing a job as a result of their speech is unacceptable.
Contrastingly, Anti-Federalists saw this stronger form of government as potentially oppressive and eerily similar to the authority’s tendencies of the British government they had just fought to remove. However, through the final ratification of the Constitution, new laws favoring state’s rights and the election at the turn of the century, one can say that the Anti-Federalist view of America prevails despite making some concessions in an effort to preserve the Union. According to the Federalists in the early stages of the American republic, a strong central government was necessary to provide uniform supervision to the states thus aiding in the preservation of the Union. This necessity for a more organized central government was a result of the ineffectiveness of the Article of Confederation’s government that was without a unifying government body. One component of this philosophy was the creation of an executive and other federal branche... ... middle of paper ... ...
Drew Hysjulien James Madison Summer Institute Essay #2 The Declaration of Independence refers to “our constitution”, in this respect they were referring to the Ancient British Constitution. The United States was expressing the fundamental aspects of British politics; among these were Classic Republicanism, Enlightenment Liberalism, and Protestant Christianity. In the Declaration they balanced all of these English traditions; expressing what they believed to be the true spirit of the British Constitution. As Edmund Burke would say, “(the Revolution) was carried out not to create new liberties but to preserve old ones” (Wood, p. 58). The main issue that the colonies had with the British following 1763, was England’s belief in the doctrine of
Thomas Paine, writer of the famous pamphlet called, “Common Sense” which caused the colonists and states to join together, wrote, “For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to b... ... middle of paper ... ...ached the King was viciously. The way to express yourself to a constituted authority would be almost that exact way, but less violence. Violence leads up to more problems and more violence. But peaceful protest is a way that people today should do. The colonists had developed great ideas about the government and our foundation to our rights and independence.
The colonists felt (for the betterment of all Americans) that it was their duty and responsibility to rise up against their oppressors to form their own government. John Adams even states, "[that] the real American Revolution was a radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people. Above all, [the Revolution] was in the minds and hearts of the peopl... ... middle of paper ... ...ng, 87-8. 30. William P. Cumming and Hugh Rankin, The Fate of a Nation: The American Revolution Through Contemporary Eyes (London: Phaidon Press Limited, 1975), 35.