The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated… We all know the fourth amendment. It's the amendment that guarantees our safety within our homes and our personal belongings. Yet, how much do you know about the fourth amendment? The fourth amendment is full of history, controversy, and discussion, even in modern day.
Howard Zinn famously once said: “The First Amendment is whatever the cop on the beat says it is.” Zinn’s words may have best been exemplified in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. The First Amendment states that no law shall be made “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble” (U.S. Constitution). Yet in Ferguson, protesters were confronted by police officers carrying military-grade equipment, and reporters were arrested while simply doing their job. Zinn appears to have been right; at least temporarily, the rights an American has under the First Amendment are whatever the cop on the beat says they are.
The Supreme Court stated, in Mathews v. Eldridge, that the right to be heard in a meaningful way “before being condemned to suffer a grievous loss” is a basic principle of our society. See Mathews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319; 333 (1976) (citing Joint Anti-Fascist Comm. v. McGrath, 341 U.S. 123, 168 (1951)). However, they proceeded to counter this by saying that due process was flexible and its procedures should be tailored to the particular situation. See Mathews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319; 333 (1976).
In a free society such as America the citizens that reside in it are entitled to many freedoms and liberties. The right to protest is protected under these liberties as the entire point of the first amendment of the American Constitution is to protect freedom of speech. The first amendment is open to interpretations but it explicitly states “Congress shall make no law… the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech” (U.S Const. amend. I).
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) The amendments were put into place to protect the rights and civil liberties of all American citizens from the federal government. However, prior to the fourteenth amendment, there was no certainty with the constitution. The constitution did not state in a clear enough way who was protected under it and exactly what rights you had as an American Citizen. The 14th amendment was in response to the just passed thirteenth amendment, which ended slavery in all of the southern states.
Argument Paragraph #1 for “First Amendment Junky” Some things are just better left unsaid, because the wrong words in the right hands will be unassailably distressing. So why even take the risk on not condoning censorship when we’ve all met that 1 person with loose lips that has said something deviously spiteful. To clarify, devious means showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals and spite means a desire to hurt, annoy or offend someone. The fact that these words, even exists makes me question those who question censorship.
I believe that the author’s thesis is about the issue of censorship and how it impacts our First Amendment. The author presents us a two different perspective of the issue. Such as, our practice of our First Amendment can lead us to a place where someone can create materials that we may find offensive. But are protected by the First Amendment at the same time could have people who want to limit offensive material and therefore, through censorship are limiting the First Amendment rights of others. To demonstrate her point, Susan Jacoby, interviewed a small sample of women to gather their perspective about an image from a Playboy magazine.
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
The 1st Amendment You are talking about the government... BOOM!! You're in jail.
Freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is the right to articulate one's opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship, or societal sanction. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. Speech is God's gift to mankind. Through speech a human being conveys his thoughts, sentiments and feeling to others.
America IS the first amendment: what it was founded on, what it was built upon, and the ideas that our country has always and continues to stand for. The first amendment- freedom of religion, speech, press, to assemble, and petition the Government- is about any individual having the power to voice their ideas and opinions no matter what. Peaceful resistance to laws is not only condoned by the first amendment, but encouraged. The founders of the United States who penned the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights, etc. did everything in their power through these documents to prevent the tyranny and abuse of government. Through these documents, the founders of America established that a true democracy is defined by the freedom of its constituents to
The author's primary focus in this article is to illustrate and create awareness for the evolution of the First Amendment. The first amendment has been defined over the years as protecting Americans basic liberties, that being the freedom of religion, speech, press, petition, and assembly. The author introduces the factors that ultimately altered the definition of the amendment. The people’s misinterpretation of the amendment was the primarily the factor developing the evolution 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, or of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” These words are the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Indicate some important thoughts about the meaning of liberty. Isadore Starr, a leader in the fields of law-related and citizen education, described the important of the First Amendment: “Remove the First Amendment from the United Sates Constitution and you strike out the very means of testing the other rights and of protesting abuses of government.” (Isidore Starr, 1978)