Baltimore “the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution 's Bill of Rights restricts only the powers of the federal government and not those of the state governments.” This was a very important decision in the history of civil liberties. This basically meant that people were protected from the federal government but not their state government. Something had to be done to fix this. That is when the fourteenth amendment came into play. 2 The fourteenth amendment states that, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; 3 nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; 4 nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This basically means that the liberties allowed to people by the federal government must be allowed by the state government.
To put it in easier term civil liberties are things the government can’t do that interfere with a person freedom. For example, the first amendment of the Bill of Rights says the government can’t mess with someone religion or interfere with their practices. 3 Amendment 1 gives the individual liberty from the actions of the government. 2 Civil Rights are curbs on the power of majorities to make decision that would benefit some at the expense of others. To keep in simple terms government made rights where citizens have equal right, and to protect discrimination by
The Declaration of Independence consisted of an introduction, a long list of grievances against the British and a Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. The Declaration has four main ideals for what is needed in a country. The Ideals are equality, right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, consent of the Governed and the right to alter or abolish the government. The most important ideal is equality. The citizens of America need unalienable rights to protect themselves from the government.
Logos, the most important of all appeals, provides a logic to an argument by providing “reason an evidence to support claims” (Lunsford et al). The entire seventh and eighth paragraphs of The Ballot or the Bullet is an appeal to logic. X explains how the fight for civil rights holds no candle to the fight for human rights. Civil rights are unique to the US and cannot be fought for by anyone other than Americans, because outsiders have no say in how the US government works or what rights are bestowed (X 2). However, all humans my fight for and defend human rights.
The word “American” is literally defined as, “a native or citizen of the United States.” While this definition is true, it is overly broad, and does not fully address what an “American” is. In the US, there are many races, religions, and political views, but people’s unalienable rights help citizens come together as a nation. To be an American means to have equality, to know the government counts their votes, and to have safety and security. A huge part of being an American, is the idea that everyone is equal, and one person has the same freedoms as the next. In Walt Whitman’s poem, ‘I hear America Singing’, he uses many metaphors such as, “The carpenter singing as he measures his plank” and “The mason singing as he makes ready for work”.
What is free speech? According to, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949, article 19, saying “everyone has the right of freedom of their own opinion and expression”. Here are my thoughts people should be able to speak on the government policies publicly without being hurt because the first amendment protects them. Still, not everyone is entitled to speak and articulate what they want to say, because it may cause trouble. According to the article “Free Speech on Campus in Constant Crisis” by A.K.
Freedom of speech is highly important so everybody could share their thoughts, it does not have to always be a grand idea, it does not have to be good, a person's opinion is their own and nobody could correct them for it. People having the right to speak is important for communication, people uses their words to other to show who they are and what their vision of the world is like. Without our freedom of speech people will not be able to speak their words and build connection with each other. If people were to vow to stay silent like the Chupwalas, society would not be the same as it is
When we see and hear the amount of freedom people from other nations get, we speak to the T.Vs and the radios, saying “someone should help them”, “that’s not right”, “I could never live like that”, and yet we take our freedom for granted. Yes not all people in the United Sates take their freedom for granted, but majority due. This is a problem because as a nation we see freedom as something that can’t be taken away and that’s not true. Freedom is a born gift that we must cherish and protect, because if we
Borders of the First Amendment are at the center of the legal debates about free speech and hate speech. While free speech is considered to be a basic right, as the Supreme Court has given the right to free speech. However, when such "free speech" crosses the line and becomes a threat, the courts have stepped in and punished the speaker. First Amendment does not protect free speech that has the intention of doing harm or damage. Many people believe that the First Amendment gives the people right to say whatever they want but it’s not true.
Racial profiling is inconsistent with the core values and principles of fairness and justice in America. Racial profiling does not fit into the values America has desired over the years, since 1788. Americans need to realize the impact the 14th Amendment needs to have on America. The 14th Amendment states “that all persons have equal protection.” Americans know that they have equal rights and should be treated equally by law enforcement no matter the color of their skin. Americans must always remember the 6th Amendment, which states the right to a fair and speedy trial.
Force people to vote takes away their individual rights. The democratic country will not be democratic anymore by taking away its citizens’ rights. According to Sen Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said on Fox News, no voting is also a legitimate choice that some people make”(Sherfinski). In the United States, It is every individual 's freedom to make a choice of whatever vote or not. “The right to speak, which is protected under the First amendment, includes the right not to speak.
Chapter 4 of the book We the People talks about Civil Liberties, this chapter mainly talks about the Rights that were placed in the Constitution (not in the Bill of Rights), it also talks about the Bill of Rights and it describes the rights protected by the Bill of Rights. It also talks about specific rights that work close together with the Bill of Rights and Amendments rights. One of the first Amendments that is described in great detail is Freedom of Speech and Religion. The first Amendment protects US citizens right to talk about almost any topic in the United States. I said almost any topic because there are some forms of speech that aren’t protected by the First Amendment (these forms of speech can be limited or prohibited), some of the forms of speech that aren’t protected by the First Amendment are Fighting Words and Hate Speech, Student Speech, Libel and Slander speech.
Perry we see the issue regarding the major political issue of the legalization of same-sex marriages. While some individuals rebuke or chastise homosexuality, other individuals will embrace it as just another aspect of life a average norm to be. We must questions the reason for the early determination of same sex marriage constitutionality. When it comes down to it, our society is just making it illegal for people that live their lives differently from the majority of us. It is inequitable for our government to decide on whether or not homosexuals can be married.
According to the Constitution, people can’t be stripped from their inalienable rights which are “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Despite the implement of the Constitution, “freedom” was defined differently in the 1980s than it was in the 20th century. Back in the 1980s, “freedom” was still not seen as a right to all people due to some of the laws such as the Immigration Reform and Control Act” that were implemented to go against the Constitution. While, in the 20th century, “freedom” was viewed as a right since “freedom” was offered to every people no matter what their race, their color of the skin, their religion, and their sexuality. For example, former president Barack Obama was able to make same-sex marriage legal, lifted the restriction on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” barred employers for firing their employees for being either transgender or having a different sexuality, allowed everyone to have universal access to ObamaCare, and had a diversified cabinet that helped Obama make tough decisions to make America the most affluent and strongest country in the world. As a result, Mr. Rawls was able to define “freedom” and “opportunities” in the same sentence since these aspects are the “harbinger of the American future” (Rawls, pg.
Society as a whole should not feel the discrimination that they do, but rather the commemorator of them. People are only recognized for the bad qualities in themselves by society, government, and a huge majority of the world. Never has there been a world where everyone has equality. Every citizen’s equal rights should be legally recognized and if they don’t,