Even though it’s true that every single one of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights is wonderful and absolutely necessary, there are still some freedoms that I cherish more than others. For example, I would never give up my right to freedom of speech, religion, and press, as stated in Amendment I. My personality and opinion would virtually cease to exist if I were not allowed to speak my mind in public and be given the choice to choose what to believe and what not to believe in. It would be like living in a world full of robots, albeit the government officials who would get to decide what everyone else should believe and say. While I do believe that this freedom should be moderated to a justifiable extent to prevent dangerous or inappropriate threats, I would never let this right be taken completely away from me, even if it meant moving to another country, if need be. However, if I were forced to give up five rights, I’d choose to give up Amendments II, III, IV, IX, and X. Here are my reasons:
- Amendment II: This amendment states that all citizens should have the right to keep and bear arms. In some sense, getting rid of this right could actually lower the crime rates, as it would be harder for criminals to buy a weapon, much less find a manufacturer actually willing to illegally sell weapons. On the other hand, however, how would citizens protect themselves without weapons? Well, who says that I can’t teach myself some karate? It’s good exercise, after all.
- Amendment III: This amendment states that nobody (whether in time of peace or war) should have to offer hospitality to any soldier without their willing to do so. Even though giving up this right would require a huge sacrifice of both privacy and personal possessions and time, it would still be much easier to suffer through than having to giving up, say, Amendment XIII, which protects people from cruel and unusual punishments such as ridiculously high fines or excessive bails. If a soldier does happen to destroy one’s house or injure any member of one’s household, one still reserves the right to sue the soldier and get rewarded with money to pay off the expenses.
- Amendment IV: This amendment states that nobody’s property, house, or body may be searched or seized without a warrant from a judge with a probable cause. This amendment, like the last one, may be incredibly hard to give up, especially since it would involve practically giving up all our possessions to the government. But in the end, which one would you rather give up, your freedom to be yourself, to talk and believe whatever you want, or some of your physical possessions?
- Amendment IX: This amendment was created to protect human rights not listed or mentioned in the Constitution. However, this amendment has not yet been used to protect any rights not already mentioned in the Constitution. It is not very likely that it will be used anytime in the near future, and if it is, then it will not be needed as much as any of the rest of the amendments. This is probably the only amendment in the Bill of Rights that we would probably not miss all that much.
- Amendment X: This amendment states that the governmental powers not mentioned in the Constitution such as laws on marriage and divorces should be given to each individual state to determine by themselves, rather than have the federal government set a standard law that all the states must follow. If these types of laws were given to the federal government to determine, how bad could it really be? Not very. Although it’s true that less people might agree with the law rather than when each individual state voted to determine the law for their own state specifically, it couldn’t possibly make that much of a difference. As long as the people still get the chance to vote on the law, giving up this right should not be a very hard thing to do.