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1st Amendment

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-03-02 00:00:00
How many of you can list the five rights gaurenteed by the first amendment. Don't cheat, look them up. Honest assesment here. I was suprised I could only list four. Most Americans can't even list 2, according to a recent poll it is more likely that Americans can list 2 of the 5 Simpsons. As important as the Simpsons are, why is it that Americans feel they have "rights" when they don't even know what they are!The first amendement rights are:
1. Freedom of Religion (both from the government from telling us what to believe (establisment clause) and from the government stopping from practicing religion the way we want (free exercise clause).
2. Freedom of speech.
3. Freedom of the press.
4. Freedom to assemble.
5. Freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. (the one I missed)


el Seco 2006-03-02 00:00:00

Huh. I got the same thing you did, ArizonaBoy. It is strange that I didn't know it. Well, I must have known it at some point, but it didn't stick.

Good rant.

Chica 2006-03-03 00:00:00

Oo I got three. And one that I guess isn't in there...where is right that says you do not have to quarter soldiers? Oh well three is still above the American average! :)

ArizonaBoy 2006-03-03 00:00:00

A review of the Bill of Rights:

1: see above

2: Right to bear arms.

3: Right not to quarter soldiers.

4: Right against illegal searches and seizures. (Has become interpretted very widely these days. Right to Privacy comes from this amendment.)

5: Right against self incrimination. (pleading the 5th) Right to due process. Right against double jeopardy. Right to compensation for for property seized.

6: Right for a speedy trial. Right to trial by jury for criminal trials. Right to confront witnesses against you, etc.

7: Right to trial by jury if a civil matter is more than $20, and that it can't be re-examined if it was tried by jury according to the laws of common law. (don't really understand this one.)

8: No excessive bail, or "cruel and unusual" punishments.

9: If the people think they have a right, the Constitution protects it. (Hot button issue in courts since the beginning.)

10: The States and people have powers not specified by the Constitution if they want them. (Pretty much settled by the Civil war, but is brought up quite frequently by States that don't want to follow Federal law. At that point Congress pulls funding and the universe corrects itself.)

el Seco 2006-03-03 00:00:00

Chica, I know who you are.