Monday, October 7, 2013

The Bill of Rights Part 1

The Bill of Rights
   Learning about the different ways our fore fathers sought to protect us from government control is an important part of being a responsible citizen. In the 1700's the people of the now United States of America rebelled from over taxation and control from England. We fought the war of independence and set up a government that was fair to the people of our nation. It is important that our children understand the rights given to them under the constitution and the why each right was established.
The Bill of Rights: A Transcription
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
  The very first amendment to the Constitution dealt with the rights of religion, free speech, no interference with the press, our right to peacefully assemble and a way to tell the government that we were not happy with what they were doing.
  So what does that actually tell us? You have the right to worship in whatever manner you want to and the government can not tell you otherwise. You have the right to voice your opinions and talk to others about those opinions with no interference. You can congregate with others so long as you are peaceful. You have the right to tell the government that they are infringing on your rights!
  Do you feel that the current government is respecting the first Amendment? Why or why not!


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