Thursday, July 4, 2013

Liberty, Freedom, Reflection: Happy Birthday to the United States of America!!

Think about how much this country means to YOU...

"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature, and of Nature's God entitle them..."
     This is a wonderful country; do not misinterpret such a comment as a declaration of perfection or superiority. As a nation, as a people we have largely taken our history and our freedoms for granted. I would encourage you to actually read our founding documents and at the same time consider how they affect you and your future.
     Below I have provided links that explain our Bill of Rights, which consists of the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."
     The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, right to assembly, protects the citizen from the government, freedom of religion.

     The Second Amendment protects the Right to Bear Arms.

     The Third Amendment protects from being forced to quarter soldiers without consent.

     The Fourth Amendment protects against illegal search and seizure.

     The Fifth Amendment protects due process.

     The Sixth Amendment protects the right to an attorney.

     The Seventh Amendment protects the right to trial by jury.

     The Eighth Amendment protects against excessive bail and against cruel and unusual punishment.

     The Ninth Amendment notes that rights not mentioned in the Constitution are still retained by the people. Just because a right is not in the Constitution that does not mean you DON'T have that particular right.

     The Tenth Amendment notes that laws not specifically allocated to the Federal Government are to remain in the states' hands.

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