(Anti-Federalist 1: Brutus). Even though the Constitution called for checks and balances, Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry, was convinced that the president would be the one making all the decisions, not unlike a king. (Bianco and Canon, 44). The national supremacy clause in the Constitution even stated that national law supersedes any state law when there is conflict. But what they were most scared of was.
The protection of those charged with crimes is as important as any other provision in the American Constitution. It may sound like a paradox at first that it is this important to protect criminals, but looking further into it, it begins to make a lot of sense. All humans, no matter what, should never be treated cruelly, as our founding fathers knew well, as this would put us at the same level as those we deem to be unfit to participate in normal society. Even though this provision has been in the Constitution since the inception of the Bill of Rights back in 1789, not much attention was brought to it until a case in 1910 brought to light the idea that cruel and unusual punishment was not limited to just barbaric, medieval acts, but that it
The right to bear arms gave us the power to bear arms to protect our constitution. Many civilizations like the British did not allow their civilians to bear arms giving them absolute power. The writers of the constitution wanted the citizens to be able to protect their rights. It also states that we have the right to a Militia, which to date is our national guard. When you get into politics and maybe ask someone about the second amendment two things will pop up, the individual right, or the right to a militia.
In the world there are rules, acts that many people did not like. Thoreau, Gandhi, and Mandela were the ones to find an effective way to make people realize what was going on at the time with the acts. Everyone has had to stand up for what they knew was right. Henry David Thoreau was well known for his quote “give me liberty or give me death.”
The Importance of the 1st Amendment In 1787 our founding fathers assembled the constitution of the United States of America. Of this which contains the most important document to the American citizen, the Bill of rights. 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” These freedoms granted by the Bill of Rights are often known as freedom of expression. These rights are most important to a truly free society. The first amendment provides us with new ideas and dismisses the fear of punishment
Government cannot censor the people of the united states. We have amendments for a reason. They went through all those wars and tragedy for us. For us to have Freedom of speech. The first amendment.
“A common law Constitution is a "living" Constitution, but it is also one that can protect fundamental principles against transient public opinion, and it is not one that judges (or anyone else) can simply manipulate to fit their own ideas”( Strauss, David A). With today’s society and the way things are its hard to say whether or not this document is living or not. I still believe the Constitution is a non-living document. In another article I read, Scalia states that “that issues such as abortion and homosexuality do not appear in the Constitution makes them matters for which citizens and states can enact laws”( Patel, Ushma). Basically what he’s saying is that issues that are not supported in the Constitution make it not a living document.
Moreover freedom should not really be demanded when we have our natural rights stating it should be given. Freedom should be given in many reasonable cases. The united states of America were built on the foundation of equal opportunity and rights, so our freedom needs to be given. The declaration of independence states that all individuals have inalienable rights, requiring life, liberty, and property.
He proposed it as a way to provide more power to state militias, which today are considered the National Guard. It was deemed a compromise between Federalists and anti- Federalists. Having just used guns and other arms to ward off the English, the amendment was originally created to give citizens the opportunity to fight back against a tyrannical federal government. People believe that this doesn’t mean anything in today’s standards, they believe the reason this bill was made was to defend and fight against the English. When really it’s about the people being able to fight back against a government that is exercising power in an arbitrary way.
Thus, the law’s strongest protections have been rendered meaningless. Clearly they never heard of Tocqueville’s tyranny of the majority. The tyranny of the majority is when a dominant group uses its control of the government to abuse the rights of minority groups (Magstadt, p.78, 2015). Executing laws that place restrictions on minorities sounds all too familiar. Do some just turn a blind eye to what is written in our constitution?
The Anti Federalists didn’t want what we have now,they didn’t want the federal government to have and influence over citizens’ lives, they didn’t want the govt to in any way resemble a monarchy because they had just escaped from the corrupt monarchy. They believed that if the power in the country occupied in the people of the various states, then their vision would have a chance of success. Likewise, the Anti Federalist thought there was no bill of rights, so they disliked the constitution. Every constitution should have one for the people, and the government shouldn’t refuse to give on, as shown on Document E. The Letter to James Madison, Objections to the Constitution was written by Thomas Jefferson to explain what he disliked about the constitution to one of the writings, after the constitution was drafted and were awaiting ratification. Thomas Jefferson also asserts that he doesn’t like the fact that there is no rules and regulations in regard to office terms, and how the officers could get re-elected and serve for like, thus, will result with corruption
The 1st amendment is fundamental in a democracy, it gives each individual their opinion about a certain subject and gives the people the "power" to speak out when they find something wrong. For example, they can speak what they find wrong with our Representatives, without the retaliation or censorship of the government. You might think that you can go down the street and say whatever you like without anybody telling you can't. Hold your horse right there be aware that you can say what you want but there is certain things that the 1st amendment doesn't cover. The Supreme Court has some cases where it decided where the 1st amendment was appropriate and where it wasn't.
In the 1950’s the cold war had begun. The fear of retaliation from communists was at large. Some Americans believed that communists were amongst them plotting. This lead to a dark time in history when American opportunity became limited for many. Most rights were limited, normal life was disrupted, and the most necessary human right may have been taken.
Arguments over the First Amendment and its guarantee of a freedom of speech and expression have existed since the dawn of the country, and although these discussions often happen as a result of a major policy changes or violent events involving both sides of the political spectrum, I personally feel as if the amendment should be looked in another light. Just as Ben Shapiro explores in his article titled “The End of the First Amendment,” the crisis that we are facing about our First Amendment results from the individual actors on the debate stage. Both sides are at fault here, where in some locations liberals are the one to blame and other places, conservatives. Arguments should be intellectually stimulating and conducted as a way to not only
In my opinion, I would believe that the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution to be the most important amendment out of all twenty-seven amendments. Moreover, the first amendment would be the most dynamic of all the other amendments, laying a resilient groundwork towards the other amendments. Correspondingly, the first amendment decrees American’s the right and freedom to free speech, without restriction or limitation. As, the first amendment right permits individual to speak up against injustice, speak out against the government, and express our religious views. After all, I strongly believe that no individual should be limited to what they can say.