A Look Inside the Bill of Rights

When the United States Constitution was formed ten amendments were added at the start. These are collectively the Bill of Rights. Every since the Bill of Rights was drafted in the late eighteenth century they have stood the test of time in order to give all Americans the general freedoms that they have to enjoy.


One of the most important things about the Bill of Rights is that they are all laws. In fact, one of the best things about these laws is that the United States government will be significantly limited in terms of how much power it will have over all citizens in the country. This makes the United States government especially different from other governments around the world in that people will have more freedoms that what those in other countries would have.

Also, the Bill of Rights are made with the intention of helping to give all Americans protected rights without the government ever taking away any of the rights and giving them to the government itself. This means that the government will never get too powerful to the point where the Bill of Rights are going to be infringed upon. The government is now considered to be a servant when compared to the people.

Here’s a look at what the Bill of Rights specifically offers:

1. The basic freedoms. These are the freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition. This means that people are not going to be forced into protesting the government or to follow a specific religion. People can also assemble without being harassed by the government, and people can also petition for grievances that the government caused.

2. The right to bear arms. People have the right to handle firearms.

3. The freedom from troops being forced into other peoples’ homes in the event of a war. This means that if there ever is a war in the United States troops will not have to hide into other peoples’ homes.

4. The protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. This includes what happens in a criminal investigation.

5. The right to due process of the law. When one is accused of a crime that person will be treated fairly.

6. The right to have a trial by jury. People will be able to cross examine both the defendant and the accuser to make sure that no one is harmed by the legal system.

7. The right to have a civil trial by jury. This is in related to non-criminal court hearings.

8. The protection against cruel punishments. The right to bail is also featured here.

9. The protection of any rights that the Bill of Rights does not specifically state.

10. The protection of rights from each of the states.

In short, the Bill of Rights also works to make sure that the people in the United States will not have to work for the government but the government will work for them. This helps to make the United States an especially unique country in that people will have more power than the government does.


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