First Amendment

First Amendment - Courtney Harris First Amendment Imagine...

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Courtney Harris First Amendment Imagine living in a world where there is no established government to control the things that people do on a daily basis. Complete chaos would exist in this type of society. With no one telling anyone what to do or how to act, life would be scary and people would learn to live day by day not knowing what could happen to them at any moment. Luckily for me, being a citizen and living in the United States of America, we have a Constitution to live by. This Constitution was written by a bunch of rich, white men in the 1700’s. It is the supreme law of our 50 united states, and it is the basis for our government. The power that the government possesses and how our government reacts with us, the citizens, is all layed out for them in the very lengthy Constitution. The first three articles of the Constitution establish the three basic branches of our government; the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Each of these branches has its own unique members, who are elected, and powers, which are given by the Constitution. However, to keep one branch from over powering the others, they can check each other and make sure no one is crossing the line. This is known as checks and balances; a way to maintain balance in the government. The United States Constitution is the second oldest written Constitution that continues to be used by a nation to this day. This can be viewed as a good or bad trait depending on the individual and their believes and values. The Constitution has been amended, or changed, a total of twenty-seven times. The first ten amendments are most often referred to as the Bill Of Rights. Although all ten are important, the first amendment is arguably one of the most influential of all ten.
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The first amendment is the most well known amendment and is very complex. It contains a grand total of five different, but important freedoms. The first freedom given to the citizens of the United States by the Constitution is freedom of speech. This gives people the right to speak freely without the government getting in the way or telling them they cannot say that. Before the Constitution, freedom of speech was only for the rich and people of power, and if you were a person that was not either and got caught speaking out about something you failed to agree with, you could end up in a lot of trouble. Thankfully the Constitution was written and now everyone can exercise this
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