Friday, September 19, 2008

From Cheez

Even though many people don’t always realize what the Bill of Rights protects them from, to give up any is like a trick question. Some critical ones protect from any injustice that could take place in the government. The people living in the U.S. take many of them for granted, and have no clue what other people, who don’t have these rights protecting them, go through.

The first amendment, which is the freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly, is one I wouldn’t give up. This amendment states that every person has a say in the government. They could speak out without worrying about being hurt or abused back. Also, they could practice whatever religion they want, rather than being prosecuted for worshipping differently. This amendment also means that, if we wanted to, we could petition against the government. To lose your voice in a country would be something I wouldn’t want to go through.

The fourth amendment, no unreasonable searches or seizures, is another part of the Bill of Rights I wouldn’t surrender. If authorities forcefully came into someone’s home without notice, it would be unjustifiable, and harmful to other people. If someone’s family member were taken for no reason, there would be nothing to protect his or her right except for this amendment. To be searched for no reason would cause an uproar, but without this right, there would be nothing we could do about it.

The eight amendment, no excessive bail or fines, or cruel and unusual punishments would be impossible to give up. If, say, a government official didn’t like you and you ended up in court, you could get anything from owing a monstrosity of money or a death sentence. To let go of that could mean anything might happen. Religious people might have staged a riot, and went to a court to be found guilty. Would they deserve to be harmed or beaten for something they believe in?

Amendment six, the “right to speedy, public, impartial trial with defense counsel, and right to cross-examine witnesses”, would be vital to get a say in something. In order to find the opposite side guilty, you would need to cross-examine, and try to stump them and prove your innocence. Also, if you finally had a trial months after something occurred, you may have a hard time defending yourself, especially if you aren’t allowed one.

Amendment 3, “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law,” is the last one I would not relinquish. To have someone you don’t know come in and force themselves upon you is not only unjust to other people, but is also the government’s job to keep them somewhere that offers food and protection. It might also cause enemies to target a family for allowing someone in. If a soldier were also just pretending, it could also be a gamble with other people’s lives.

All things considered, these rights protect us. Without them, we wouldn’t be the free Americans we are today, and we certainly wouldn’t have the freedoms we should appreciate everyday we are in the U.S.A.

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