Essay: Constitutional freedoms (America)

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As Americans we are given certain of freedoms that other countries are not entitled to have. The Declaration of Independence was signed by Thomas Jefferson and included the Bill of Rights that provides us with our freedoms. Each of these amendments are very important to the way we live in today’s society and play an important role in our lives. I feel that the 1st Amendment is the most important, and would be the best to keep.
The 1st Amendment states, the Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise there or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It is simply our freedom of speech, religion, and acts. This is the main reason America is respected by people all over the world. This is the amendment that makes every American citizen “proud to be an American” and everyone else wishing they were Americans. The 1st amendment also lets each individual be unique, able to express their own ideas, and voice their opinions. Like the philosopher Voltaire, who supported religious toleration and freedom of thought, said, I do not agree with a word you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire’s quote complies with the 1st amendment because they both believe in freedom of speech and acts. Many American citizens like this amendment because it gives us the right to have equality in our country. Each person is treated equal and is allowed to share their ideas and not be disgraced for it.

The founding fathers that developed the Constitution were not seeking to realize any fine notions about democracy and equality, but were striving with all the resources of political wisdom at their command to set up a system of government that would be stable and efficient, safeguarded on one hand against the possibilities of despotism and on the other against the onslaught of majorities. It was believed by some of the founding fathers that the downfall of the government under the Articles of Confederation came from too much democracy.

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