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The 18th Amendment - To drink or no. Ever since the first people stumbled across alcohol (and then each other) this has been a question commonly asked. Statistics show that a majority of domestic violence, automobile accidents, and rape, all involve (many times) alcohol. Whether one thinks consumption is "right" or not has been asked by people for people from time to time. This would be the case of the 18th Amendment of 1919. The Act passed by those concerned with the above-mentioned problems, prohibited the vending, transportation of, and consumption of alcohol....   [tags: Alcohol] 334 words
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In Opposition of an Amendment to Ban Flag Desecration - In Opposition of an Amendment to Ban Flag Desecration In 1876 a Constitutional amendment was proposed that would eliminate the Senate. In 1893, there was an amendment proposed that would get rid of the Army and the Navy, and another one that would rename the country the United States of the Earth. They all share one common dominator: they would do absolutely nothing to benefit the United States or its citizens. To this list another proposed amendment can be added: the amendment banning desecration of the American flag....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 343 words
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19th amendment - AMENDMENT 19 The amendment that I chose to do my report on is the 19th amendment. This amendment guaranteed the voting right to all of the American woman. The victory of this amendment took decades to be passed. In August of 1995 marked the 75th anniversary of the ratification of this amendment. This amendment was ratified on August 24,1920. The first three states to approve this amendment were Illinois Wisconsin and Michigan. When this amendment was first put out into the society the men and people didn’t know what to think....   [tags: essays research papers] 365 words
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Amendments - Amendments The first Amendment states “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.” This sets the tone for a great country to be formed. No other country says that their citizens have the same rights as the Constitution proclaims. To take a closer look at the Amendments and why people say that the first one is the most important amendment, this paper will look into the true meaning of the first amendment and the importance to this country....   [tags: Papers] 366 words
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Illegalization of Flag Burning Violates the First Constitutional Amendment - Illegalization of Flag Burning Violates the First Constitutional Amendment When making flag burning illegal you have to wonder what our lawmakers were thinking. It was clearly not about the First Amendment in which American’s right to free speech is protected. Desecrating a flag is guaranteed in our Bill of Rights, however unpatriotic that may be. It is impossible to draw the line of where desecration begins. What about those that let our sacred symbol touch the ground, a clear violation of respect, do we punish them too....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 412 words
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The First Amendment - The First Amendment "I'll need to see that before it goes to press." Almost every journalism student in America hears these ten inevitable words before the distribution of their school's newspapers. Recently, student journalists have been heavily censored due to the 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier Supreme Court decision. One of the major consequences of this decision was that since the Supreme Court felt that the First Amendment, stating that, "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech or of the press," (Amendment I, A6), was no longer sufficient to protect student journalists, the states would have to figure out a solution themselves (Foerstel 217)....   [tags: Papers] 447 words
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We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Protect the American Flag - We Must Fight for the Constitutional Amendment to Protect the American Flag Free speech and the First Amendment rights do not give people lisence to desecrate a symbol of pride and freedom. It is not all right to protect those who let it burn, lighting up the sky with their hatred. It definitely is not acceptable to insult the men and women who fight every day to protect this nation by burning the symbol of their labors. Therefore, it is crucial that the Supreme Court pass the amendment to the Constitution to protect the flag of the US....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 487 words
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The Importance of the First Amendment - The Importance of the First Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech," this Amendment is the most important part of the constitution. Without free speech, we the people of the United States would not be able to speak openly and freely about issues that affect our everyday life. Had it not been for Katie Stanton and Susan B. Anthony exercising their first amendment right to free speech and peaceful assembly, and the press covering and catching the women's suffrage movement it is possible that women may not have gained the legal right to vote until many years later....   [tags: Papers] 504 words
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Should There Be Restrictions to Freedom of Speech - Should there be restrictions to freedom of speech synonyms, and is there a scarcity of freedom that is given to individuals. Freedom to the people has been Americas greatest accomplishment, yet the checks and balances placed between the lines of freedom are not defined. Obscenity speeches are defined as outside the boundaries of the First Amendment protection. Libel and Slander of public figures must be proven by malice; the reckless disregard for the truth. Commercial speeches can be banned by the government as illegal if the information if deceptive to the readers....   [tags: first amendment, slander] 537 words
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8th amendment - I think that executing a minor violates the 8th amendment, “No cruel or unusual punishment.” If a little kid makes a mistake and accidentally shoots a gun or does something that kills someone, and they are executed I think that that falls under cruel and unusual punishment. A court case that made it to the Supreme Court was the case of Kevin Nigel Stanford, who was convicted in 1981 of a murder committed in Kentucky when he was 17 years and 4 months old. Stanford and an accomplice repeatedly raped and sodomized a 20-year-old woman during the robbery of a gas station where she worked....   [tags: essays research papers] 541 words
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The First Amendment - The First Amendment America was built on freedom. Freedom to speak, freedom to choose, freedom to worship, and freedom to do just about anything you want within the law. America’s law was designed to protect and preserve these freedoms. The reason the United States of America came to exist was because the colonists fled Great Britain to get back the freedoms that were taken away from them by the Monarchy. In countries where Monarchies and Dictatorships rule, there is little if any freedom to speak of....   [tags: Bill Rights Constitution Government USA Essays] 552 words
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the Movement of the 19th Amendment - “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” (Elizabeth, 1815). The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gave women a right to vote as well as men. The movement to give the right to vote for women through the 19th Amendment was a Suffrage movement. The Suffrage movement had continued since the Civil War, but the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment (it is related to the right to citizen) did not cover the right to vote for women. The 19th Amendment and the Suffrage movement have changed the lives of women in society....   [tags: suffrage, vote, women's rights]
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Limitations to Free Speech in the First Amendment - To many the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to say anything you want at any time you want, and not be arrested, but the first amendment does not protect all speech. What do I mean by this. Over the years the Supreme Court has rejected an interpretation of the First Amendment that gives the right to free speech without limits. For example speech that impedes national security, justice, and personal safety is not protected by the First Amendment. If you know of limits you would probably think first of speech that presents a danger to other people or speech that is false or makes true statement misleading (otherwise known as Libel and Slander)....   [tags: advertising, law, supreme court] 584 words
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Significance of The Free Exercise Clause - The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Meaning, Congress cannot forbid or ban the exercises or beliefs of any religion. However, the government can in fact interfere with religions practices. This means that the government cannot prohibit the beliefs of any religion, but can intervene in certain practices. The origins of the first Amendment date back to when the Constitution and Bill of rights were first being debated and written down....   [tags: First Amendment ] 598 words
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The Decomposting Process or Soil Amendment - ... The process of composting only takes place under favourable conditions. Five conditions that promote the process of composting are: 1. Introducing worms and micro-organisms: worms and micro-organisms must be introduced into the waste for the process to kick off. 2. Nutrients: The right nutrients in their right quantities must also be present for this process to take place. Waste to be used for the preparation of compost, should be composed of both ‘brown’ and ‘green’ organic materials. ‘Brown’ organic materials are carbon based materials such as dead leaves, manure and etcetera which are rich in carbon....   [tags: organic matter, worms and micro-organisms] 605 words
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The American Constitution: The Thirteenth Amendment - The Thirteenth Amendment A constitution is the identity of any country that makes it distinctive from other countries, and it protects its peoples’ rights. The American Constitution, which contains laws and roles, was established and written in 1787. It has twenty-seven approved amendments, and the first ten of them were named: the Bill of Rights. Each one of these twenty-seven amendments was issued for a reason or due to specific situations. Mark Grossman, a professional writer specializing in American and world history, constitutional law, and the environment, said: “Constitutional Amendments is not to be a dry history – it is a comprehensive work that includes how the amendments to...   [tags: american history, people´s right]
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The Fisrt Amendment Analysis: Basic Freedom - The interpretation of the first amendment has been seen throughout our history and, it had either been incorporated in a manner of conservancy or alteration. The first amendment basically describes what congress was under limited power to and, our basic freedoms. However, the concern was never questioned if the state government can curb those liberties since during the ratification of the bill there was little concern of this even being true. This had proven to be reality later on with the various cases that questioned not only the first, but several other amendments....   [tags: first amendment, amendments, freedom] 617 words
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The First Amendment - In America the Amendment 1 of the U.S. Constitution gives the American people the right to peaceably assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Most notably Amendment 1 is known for and most often cited as giving the Freedom of Speech. Even before this amendment was ratified people in the U.S. were protesting, as in the Boston Tea Party. Protesting has been a way to effect change in America. A question to ask is this: is there a right way or wrong way to protest. Others protest that has had an effect on America since the Amendment was ratified are protest against war such as Vietnam and Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Civil Rights Movement, and more recently the prot...   [tags: Freedom of Speech]
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Boxer-Snowe Amendment - Abortion Rights and the Boxer-Snowe Amendment February 15, 2001 was the first day the Global Democracy Act of 2001 was to be introduced by Senator’s Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe and Lincoln Chafee. This legislation would prevent the United States from imposing undemocratic and dangerous restrictions on health providers overseas. Representatives Nita Lowey and Nancy Johnson also would be introducing matching legislation in the house when it returned from recess. Senator Boxer and Representative Lowey developed the legislation in response to the “global gag rule,” imposed by President Bush on January 22, 2001 on the 28th anniversary of the Roe v....   [tags: essays research papers] 636 words
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The Death Penalty: A Violation of 8th Amendment - Don't you think that putting people to death is brutal. Wouldn't you rather have them stay in prison for the rest of their lives. In fact, it costs far more to execute a person then to keep him or her in prison for life. The EighthAmendment states that it prevents cruel and unusual punishment, and the death penalty is violating it. The Supreme Court case, McCleskey v. Kemp (1987) violates the Eighth Amendment purpose. Therefore, the death penalty clearly defies the Eighth Amendment and shouldn't be used for people who have convicted murder....   [tags: punishment, cruel, murder]
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Analysis of the 4th Amendment - The Bill of Rights or the first 10 amendments to the Constitution was proposed to Congress in 1789 by James Madison in response to the Anti- Federalist movement that lobbied for an extended amount of rights that would further safeguard liberty. The 4th amendment in particular was drafted to acknowledge the abuse of the writ of assistance, a “search warrant” issued by the British government to search boats that were thought to contain smuggled material in Colonial America. The 4th amendment can be broken down into 3 parts: what activities are considered to be a “search” or a “seizure”; what is a probable cause for a “search” and “seizure” and finally, how violations should be dealt with....   [tags: The Bill of Rights] 643 words
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Enforcing the Second Amendment - With all the unpredictability in the world today many American citizens exercise their second amendment rights and choose to own a firearm to defend themselves, their families, and their property. Growth shows about four million new gun owners each year in the U.S. (Doherty 46 -47). Some research has shown that a 41% decline in violent crimes over the past two decades can be partly attributed to the lessening of firearm carrying laws, and that enabled lawful citizens to defend themselves (Doherty 46 -47)....   [tags: Role of Gun Laws]
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The Freedom Provieded by the First Amendment - Civilizations and empires throughout history had risen and collapsed for just one word. Some like a summer night died young, while others lasted for centuries. The word was repeated consecutively by the greatest men of all times, and their blood was shed in order to fulfill it. Starting or even before William Wallace and until our present time with the raging of the Arab Spring people have been demanding freedom. It is true that it is only one word, thus, its impact is great. People who sought independence in the United States in 1777 had clearly realized the importance of that word, and vividly insisted on in the opening of the independence declaration statement: “We hold these truths to be...   [tags: religion, assembly, press]
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"Weeding" Out Amendment 64 - ... Without changing this poorly written amendment, schools are being burdened with marijuana related problems. Legalizing marijuana to allow adults to purchase it for recreational use is being directly correlated to an increase of drug use in Colorado’s middle and high schools. Many school and police officials feel that this rise is due to the fact that marijuana is no longer illegal. “’We have seen a sharp rise in drug-related disciplinary actions which anecdotally, from credible sources, is being attributed to the changing social norms surrounding marijuana,’ said Janelle Krueger” (Lofholm)....   [tags: marijuana, youth, drugs, minds]
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First Amendment Rights, Privacy and the Paparazzi - First Amendment Rights, Privacy and the Paparazzi The question of paparazzi threatening privacy and First Amendment rights is often to situational to argue in a conventional manner, but certainly there are many facets of the issue which can be addressed in a quite straightforward manner. Celebrities who feel they have the right to privacy in public places often muddy the waters of this issue. Oddly enough, those celebrities who have chosen to speak out against what they feel are violations of their privacy most always begin their campaigns with a large press conference....   [tags: First Amendment Right to Privacy] 666 words
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The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States - States tend to pass laws that promote security and safety among the people. Laws that are passed after mass-shootings occur usually have to do with increasing gun control. They can also cause a lot of debate among people questioning the constitutionality of the laws. The argument usually comes down to the second amendment giving citizens the right to bear arms. However, the wording of the amendment causes some people to misinterpret what is actually granted to the people. The anti-2nd amendment laws do not actually violate the amendment itself because it only grants the right to own guns, the laws only place limits on owning guns, and the laws are intend for the safety of the public....   [tags: the right ot bear arms, mass shootings]
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The Aims and Principles of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act - The Aims and Principles of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act In the decades prior to the national reform of the Poor Law in 1834, the characterisations of the administration were of variety rather than uniformity. The social and economic changes at this time produced many problems for those that were responsible for the social welfare. Many areas throughout the country though found solutions to this problem within the legal frame-work of the Elizabethan Poor Law of 1597-1601. In the initial stages the amendment act was set up to reduce the amount of poor rates that were being paid....   [tags: Papers] 673 words
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Court Case Decisions for Amendment I, IV, and VIII - ... also believed that since it was made clear (directly on the monument itself) whom it was from (the Fraternal Order of Eagles), that it was not unconstitutional. However, had the monument not had “dedicated to the people and youth of Texas by…” it may have been misconstrued as being erected by the Texas government, which then would have most likely been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. 5.) I do agree with the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Van Orden v. Perry because it was not the state of Texas (government) that made and erected the monument....   [tags: religion, search, punishment] 677 words
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Did President Hoover Limit the First Amendment Rights of the Bonus Army? - PROMPT: “Was President Herbert Hoover justified in limiting the 1st amendment rights of the Bonus Army?” --------------------- The question “Was President Herbert Hoover justified in limiting the 1st amendment rights of the Bonus Army?” is somewhat fallacious in that it attempts to enforce a viewpoint that Hoover did indeed limit the 1st amendment rights of the Bonus Army. The 1st amendment specifically guarantees “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It does not provide for violent protest, nor does it prevent the government from relocating people from public property....   [tags: constitution, american presidents] 692 words
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The Second Amendment and Gun control - ... Imagine if that is no longer an option, more people will seek illegal ways to get guns and the criminal rate will just increase. Criminals will see that people will be defenceless and they will flourish in many towns.”Such a ban will only increase the criminal ability to victimize the innocent.” “Over the past 20 years, gun sales have absolutely exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39 percent during that time and “other crimes with firearms” are down 69 percent.” This was the number 1 in the 18 little-known gun facts that prove that guns make us safer, written by Michael Snyder....   [tags: criminals, firearms, homicides] 700 words
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Political Correctness Infringes on our First Amendment Rights - Political Correctness Infringes on our First Amendment Rights Political correctness has become increasingly obvious in our daily lives. For example, the other day I attended the first meeting of the Frisbee Club here on the State University campus. During the meeting, we were discussing the fact we wanted shirts for this year, but we did not know what slogan to use. While in the brainstorming process, the slogan “Suck my disk” came out. At the time, the slogan “suck my disk” seemed to be better than sliced bread to a bunch of college guys....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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The Protections Provided by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution - One of the principle things is that personal self-defense is the primary purpose of the Second Amendment. It Is very easy to say that guns make people crazy and also if one person has a gun it will provoke the person to kill people. But in fact many people believe that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”(Wayne LaPierre, 2012) Saying this, I want introduce The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution which protects the right of individual Americans to keep and bear arms regardless of service in a militia....   [tags: rights, guns, violence]
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The Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution - ... As of 2009, the United States has a population of 307 million people. Based on production data from firearm manufacturers, there are roughly 300 million firearms owned by civilians in the United States as of 2010. Of these, about 100 million are handguns” (Just the Facts). “On June 26, 2008, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of individual Americans to keep and bear arms. The court said gun ownership is an individual right, not connected with military service, and that it can be regulated in some ways....   [tags: ten amendment, right to bear arms] 754 words
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The Fourteenth Amendment - On a date that will be remembered forever as a step forward for our nation, July 28, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment gave a new sense of hope and inspiration to a once oppressed people. It was conceived to be the foundation for restoring America to its great status and prosperity. The Amendment allowed “equal protection under the law”, no matter what race, religion, sex, sexual preference or social status. It was designed to protect the newly freed slaves....   [tags: Racism Equality Constitution Essays] 762 words
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Amendment 66: Tax Increase for Education Initutive - Did you know that over fifty percent of students in Colorado DO NOT read, write, add, or subtract at grade level. This statistic is alarming and should create concern for the future of our country. This statistic is one of the motivating factors behind the proposed Amendment 66. The following text will explain Amendment 66, why it will not help kids the way it was advertised to the voting public, how it hurts small businesses, and why it is ultimately wrong for Colorado. First off, what is Amendment 66....   [tags: taxes, small businesses, schools] 774 words
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Gun Control: Is It Really in the Second Amendment - ... Unfortunately there are news stories almost every day reporting some type of firearm tragedy. It is almost the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting that took place last year on December 14th 2012. A man named Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary with a gun and shot down the door and entered the building. He ended up killing 20 first graders, 6 adults and himself (Altimari, Goode). One of the reasons the gun control topic has been such a big topic is because the shooting effected innocent children....   [tags: violence, death, background, checks] 775 words
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US Constitution and Bill of Rights - Questions and Answers - U.S. Constitution 1. Explain prior restraints, defamation, and sedition of the freedom of freedom of speech and freedom of the press Freedom of speech in United states are usually protected by the constitution, the only things that are not protected are cases of obscenity, defamation, war words and any form of incitement to start of riots. The other exceptions to the protection of the bill of rights on freedom of speech are harassment, privileged communications, trade secrets and any classified materials belonging to a business establishment or a company (Lieberman, 1999, p....   [tags: First Amendment, Incorporation]
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The Fourteenth Amendment and Equality Under the Law - The Fourteenth Amendment and Equality Under the Law The Fourteenth Amendment was adopted in 1868 as one of the longest amendments to the Constitution with five parts in total. The most significant part is section one. In the very first sentence of section one, . All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, as citizens of the United States and of the state where in they reside. citizenship was universalized. The Amendment was designed to prohibit state governments from curtailing the rights of former slaves after the Civil War, however it has been used to grant all of the personal liberties and rights conveyed in the Bill of Rights....   [tags: Papers 14th Amendment History Essays ] 776 words
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Violating the Fourth Amendment Rights of Antoine Jones - ... In some States, the Government has the authority to allow police officers to search a vehicle without the necessity of warrant. “...as long as a state is deciding law based upon its interpretation of its own constitution, the state can be more restrictive than the Supreme Court. However, if the state is interpreting the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution, then they must follow the body of law established by the United States Supreme Court”(Policelink). The Government believes the attachment of the monitoring device for search was a responsible forfeiting act....   [tags: district of columbia, gps]
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The Importance of the First Amendment of the United States’ Bill of Rights for Democratic Government and its Citizens - Being expression one of the most important rights of the people to maintain a connected society right to speech should be accepted to do so. The first amendment is one of the most fundamental rights that individuals have. It is fundamental to the existence of democracy and the respect of human dignity. This amendment describes the principal rights of the citizens of the United States. If the citizens were unable to criticize the government, it would be impossible to regulate order. By looking freedom of speech there is also freedom of assembly and freedom of press that are crucial for the United States democracy. According to the “Derechos, Human Rights”, freedom of speech is one of the most...   [tags: First Amendment, USA, Bill of Rights, Democracy, G] 780 words
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The Bill of Rights and Equality - In the country of America, where freedom reigns it is almost incomprehensive that many citizens are being frowned upon for using their Bill of Rights given by the constitution. The lack of honoring the basic principles founded in the constitution and the rights of individualism is unacceptable. The lack of respect for every American’s unalienable rights is growing and it should not be tolerated. The first amendment of the United States Constitution grants an American citizen the freedom of speech (law.cornell.edu) John Locke wrote that every human is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: first ammendment of the Constitution]
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The Second Amendment: Why It Is Important to Our Country - On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified effective by Congress. These first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America promised the states certain rights and freedoms which could not be infringed by the government. After all, the founding fathers knew from experience that men in their weakness were often tempted by power. They had become all too familiar with this when under the control of King George in England. Therefore, in order to protect the future people of their beautiful country, they promised certain liberties which could not be taken away....   [tags: rights, freedoms, government, power, defend]
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Importance of the Second Amendment - ... By taking away the right to carry a gun, we only weaken our protection against those who these laws are supposed to protect us from. The intentions of the lawmakers who are attempting to confiscate these rights aren’t flagitious, they’re merely trying to protect Americans. What they don’t realize is that the only way that you can be completely sure that someone is safe, is to allow them to own something to keep themselves safe. If a thief intends to rob someone, they would be more likely to think twice, and decide not to commit the crime knowing that the person who they are demanding money from, and instilling fear into, could possibly be carrying a weapon....   [tags: the right to bear arms, gun control in the US]
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Abortion and the Privacy Amendment - Abortion and the Privacy Amendment A U.S. citizen's "right to privacy" was first discussed in an 1890 Harvard Law Review article in which two Boston lawyers, Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren, defined it as "the right to be let alone." Since then, the right to privacy has provided the basis for a stream of revolutionary and controversial constitutional interpretations by courts across the United States, culminating in the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Although decisions have come down in favor of a right to privacy, they are largely based on a broad and disputed interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 807 words
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The First Amendment and Conservative Rulings of the Supreme Court - The First Amendment and Conservative Rulings of the Supreme Court The authors of the Constitution of the United States created a magnificent list of liberties which were, at the time ascribed, to most people belonging to the United States. The main author, James Madison, transported the previous ideas of fundamental liberties from the great libertarians around the world, such as John Lilburne, John Locke, William Walwyn and John Milton. Madison and other previous libertarians of his time were transposed into seventeen different rights which were to be secured to all those in the United States....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 812 words
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Our Living Shield: The First Amendment - Our Living Shield: The First Amendment The authors of the Constitution of the United States created a magnificent list of liberties which were, at the time ascribed, to most people belonging to the United States. The main author, James Madison, transported the previous ideas of f undamental liberties from the great libertarians around the world, such as John Lilburne, John Locke, William Walwyn and John Milton. Madison and other previous libertarians of his time were transposed into seventeen different rights which were to be secured to all those in the United States....   [tags: essays research papers] 815 words
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How the Earl Warren Court Liberalized America - ... Board of Education (1954). The cases of Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), Escobedo v. Illinois (1964) and Miranda v. Arizona (1966), all helped define Due Process and the rights of defendants. In the court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court ruled that if the defendant can not afford an attorney, then one will be provided for them. Also, under the Supreme Court’s ruling of the case of Miranda v. Arizona, meaning that when arrested, your basic rights must be stated, that you have the right to remain silent and that anything you say can and will be used in court....   [tags: amendment, rights, segregation] 834 words
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Protecting Life, Liberty, and Property in the Bill of Rights - Bill of Rights Essay “ The government is morally obligated to serve people and protect their rights such as life, liberty, and property. “ The Constitution had no effect against the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution was created to make a stronger central government to protect the rights of its people. The social contract protects the natural rights, while the Constitution protects every other rights, like adding an extra layer of protection. The writers intention of the Bill of Rights was to ensure the safety of citizens rights without them being violated....   [tags: constitution, amendment, supreme court] 839 words
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Analysis of the Intellectual Manipulation of Ads - Advertising as an influence, both negative and positive, on social constructs of body image has been the subject of debate about the responsibility ads have to their audience. Given that there are more effective means of protecting potential viewers from the negative aspects, ads, considered as art, should not have restrictions placed on them that would violate the advertisers' First Amendment rights. Opposition to loaded, modified, or invented human forms that suggest restraining advertisers' creative freedoms may overlook the alternatives....   [tags: advertising, body image, first amendment]
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Benefits of the Second Amendment - After a long, exhausting, painful war for independence from Great Britain, the United States became its own nation, a nation of choice and rights, a nation of voice and strong opinion, a nation with freedom handed to humans by God. The birth of this glorious new state brought forth a new era of revolution throughout the world. Countries took America’s victory to heart, overthrowing their monarchial governments and establishing governments run by popular sovereignty. The existence of the United States, perhaps, led to the global fight for self-government....   [tags: 2nd Amendment Constitution The Right To Bear Arms]
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