The importance of the Constitution and the Amendments

The importance of the Constitution and the Amendments

February 12, 2018

The Bill of Rights, or the first ten Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, are an integral part of maintaining the everyday freedoms Americans get to enjoy.

 

  1. Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press: America wouldn’t be free if citizens were not allowed to speak their minds (even against the government) and if the media couldn’t report on stories that might be unfavorable to the citizens of members of the government. It also wouldn’t be a free country if the practice of religion was restricted.
  2. The Right to Bear Arms: If Americans lost their right to own weapons and protect themselves, the country would not be safe. The Right to Bear Arms is an essential part of the Bill of Rights.
  3. The Housing of Soldiers: A lesser spoken about amendment, this protects landowners and citizens from having their property occupied by soldiers without their permission in times of peace.
  4. Protection from Unreasonable Search and Seizures: By protecting citizens from government overreach, this amendment stops police, military, and any government authority from unrightfully searching a person’s property.
  5. Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property: This amendment assures that justice remains fair in the legal system by preventing a person from being tried twice for the same crime, or from having property taken away without compensation.
  6. Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases: This amendment assures a person’s rights to knowing the accusations at arrest, and being permitted to a speedy and fair trial.
  7. Rights in Civil Cases: This amendment that assures a trial by jury for civil cases in federal courts.
  8. Excessive Bail, Fines, Punishments Forbidden: The amendment forbidding cruel and unusual punishment, and excessive fines or sentences.
  9. Other Rights Kept by the People: This amendment makes clear that other rights exist that are not covered by the constitution, and that they should not be violated. It’s similar to a “not limited to” clause within a contract, and it helps cover gaps the original Founding Fathers may have missed.
  10. Un-delegated Powers Kept by the States and the People: This amendment ensures a balance of power between the Federal government, the states, and the people.