Thursday, September 18, 2008

From K57

The Bill Of Rights: What can I give up?

Of all of our rights, proclaimed in the Bill of Rights, there are a couple of which I deem exceedingly important and of which are not to be dismissed as of no consequence. These include the First Amendment of the First Ten Amendments, Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly and Petition. I believe that the freedom to express ourselves is crucial in having a say in the government. Also, the Second Amendment, Bearing Arms, is very critical. It is necessary that we have something to protect ourselves with and to properly maintain security. Next, I believe the Seventh Amendment is very necessary; any of the accused should have the right to a jury. They should have the right to have a chance, and to prove themselves innocent. The Eighth Amendment is also a very serious right to consider. Can one imagine what things would be like if trivial cases were addressed in a harsh and unfair way? What would life be like with cruel and unusual punishment? No, this amendment protects us from, being inflicted this way, whether it is through excessive fines, or cruel punishment. Lastly, I deem that the Ninth Amendment (Unremunerated Rights) is very important as well. It states that the rights given to us by the Bill of Rights are not the only rights that we have, and that the government cannot claim that they are.
HHHHHowever, I am willing to renounce some of these rights. To commence, the Third Amendment, Quartering of Troops, I deem is almost unnecessary. Though I know that it is important to maintain our own privacy, I do not think that this rule is as important as some of the others. Maybe it is necessary during a war that the troops be taken shelter, maybe it is not of choice to them for quartering. As long as they are not violating any other laws, and that they do not harm one’s security, I do not see any problem with this. I do not think that this is really an abuse, especially if the soldiers come during a war. Though I do believe some restrictions should be made, such as quartering of troops when there is no need (i.e. when at peace), I think there is no need to just restrict all cases of the quartering of troops.
Secondly, though I do disagree with searches and seizures, I think that I could live with it. Therefore, I believe that I could give up the Fourth Amendment. The rationale to this is that, if one is innocent, but being searched for, they will still be justified as innocent at the end of the search. If the accused are actually guilty, well they were correct, and the accused will receive some sort of fine or punishment, depending on the crime. Again, while I do not completely agree with searches, I still could live with them.
Next, I could give up the Fifth Amendment, which basically shields the rights of the accused. First of all, all of the accused are given right to a trial (Seventh Amendment), which makes it fair for them, secondly, even if the judges or the trial in general is unfair, the Eighth Amendment states that punishment for crimes cannot be cruel, harsh, or unfair. This will ensure that the accused will not be treated unfairly for punishment of a crime. This is why I believe that this amendment is just adding more details to the most important things in keeping the case fair.
The Sixth Amendment is like the preceding, in that it is just extra information. Though it may be crucial and I think it is what is most fair, the other two amendments previously mentioned, probably give more important rights than these two. This one is especially unnecessary, because it just explains the criminal proceedings and how the trial most proceed, I could give this up for a change in how trials run.
Lastly, I could renounce the Tenth Amendment, which reserves the right of powers to the states. This means that the rights that are not in the Constitution, but are also not prevented by it, are reserved for the states. I personally would be fine with just the rights from the Constitution because I know they are just and reasonable; these extra rights are just granted from each state, which means they are a mere addition and are optional.
In conclusion, there are some rights that I deem extremely critical and important for our nation and people, while there are others that do not resemble as much of this value, and can be renounced.

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