There are obvious and assuring reasons that the fourth amendment protects American citizens’ rights. Apple, a well-known technology company, recently stated that they consider it their responsibility to provide their customers with the best privacy that they can provide. Apple is currently fighting a lawsuit that demands them to create and application to break the encryption that apple created for privacy and protection. Apple also claims that a small fraction of request they receive seek personal information related to some of Apple’s default apps, such as itunes, iCloud, etc. Apple logs all request that the government asks for pertaining to identifying information such as photos and email. Also, President Obama said while remarking to the
Contraceptives are widely used throughout the United States in today’s age and age, but in the early 1950s, Connecticut and Massachusetts were the only states in the union that still had anticontraception policies such as the 1879 Connecticut statute prohibiting the distribution of contraceptives (Johnson 6). Estelle Griswold accepted a job as executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, and began a fight to give access for women to use contraceptives legally. It was very predictable the verdicts for the lower court cases during Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) as many judges took the side of the 1879 precedent. However, by the time it reached the Supreme Court, the main issue focused was the right to privacy which
When The United States came into being, the heads of the country made a great deal of emphasis in making sure the country fulfilled one requirement: the United States needed to be the living image of freedom. This image of freedom needed to exist not only as a geographical and political entity, meaning free from the English, but as a society as well, and that is why it opted for a democracy as a system to rule, to let the citizens be able to live freely. Despite the obvious issues presented in the country on that moment that we might call hypocrite, like slavery; the founding fathers knew what they wanted the country to achieve, and laid a great base for getting there, The Bill of Rights, the document that preceded the Constitution in
It is nearly impossible to comprehend the overwhelming changes the United States has endured over the past 200 years, spanning from 1787 when the Constitution was created, all the way up until today. In the present, new issues arise that would have been unpredictable to the three dozen or so men who attended the Constitutional Convention over two centuries ago. Now in 2014, America is confronted with a myriad of complex issues that the Founding Fathers would never have been able to perceive or address appropriately. Issues of racial and gender inequality, minority rights, due process, the equal protection clause, and countless other problems that plague America today would have been unpredictable when Constitution was written. The
While there are many rights guaranteed within the U.S. Constitution, these rights are not always protected. Today many rights are limited within the U.S; In schools students do not have all of their rights, and the rights that they do have can be limited. Also today many government programs, such as the NSA, limit the right to privacy which is implied in many of the amendments to the U.S. constitution. Lastly today the right against unreasonable search and seizure is not protected, and the due process for some people within the U.S. is extremely limited. Overall the rights of Americans today are limited because students in public schools lose many of their rights, many Americans also lose their right to privacy in many situation due to the need for ‘safety’, and because the right against unreasonable search and seizure as well as due process is limited for many individuals.
“Under modern Supreme Court jurisprudence, the right to petition, along with the right to peaceable assembly have been almost completely collapsed into Freedom of Speech.” (www.heritage.com). The U.S. Constitution was written as a new set of rules for the nation in place of the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution consists of three parts known as the Preamble, the 7 articles, and the 27 amendments. Of these amendments, the first ten are referred to as the Bill of Rights. “The Bill of Rights sets limitations on the government.” (www.constitutioncenter.org). Our five most important rights are Freedom of Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition, and Religion which are all provided by the First Amendment. To understand Freedom of
The United States of America is viewed throughout the world as the symbol of freedom. Battling for its freedom from the beast of the 1700s Great Britain, the United States made sure to cherish its freedom with the ensured liberties given to the people that would evolve the nation into the super power of modern time. While many believe that the United States kept its promise of libraries throughout its time, in actuality its freedoms diminished during times of calamity and war by ways such as. Many civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and freedom of press were suppressed due to the passing of several acts during World War I.
Here in America, people have the right to protest and speak their views granted by the first Amendment in their Constitution. Reading or watching the news lately, there are a lot of protests happening. People are gathering and protesting so many different things all over the world right now and America is no different. However, what the media shows in America are arrests of protestors by security and police, both of which attack them at times, using pepper spray and other brutal methods. How is this behavior allowed? Pauline Maier sums up what the issue at hand is, “The affection with which Americans regard the three “founding documents” of the United States has not been constant over time.” (Maier pg3). American protestors are at times fighting for equal rights as equal citizens. While many others are asking for justice due to corruption in Wall Street, Banks, and American Government; however, the people who don’t hold affection for the first Amendment have been shown in the media as an increasingly violent force against those who support it. Should people be allowed to protest regardless of their cause, and without any execution of force unless provoked? I believe they should have this right and be guaranteed safety in acting on it. With these ideas in mind, America’s first Amendment is being contradicted by US government authority and private authority figures because these same people have enacted numerous assaults on people using their first amendment rights.
Every American has three rights that cannot be taken away from them. The three rights include: life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. This is stated in the Declaration of Independence but, a person's "life" right is becoming jeopardized among teens who are committing crimes. The Eight Amendment banned cruel and unusual punishment, but people have tried to get teens sentenced to life in prison without any chance of some type of parole. A child will be treated like one until they do something bad. Of course, when they commit a crime, they have to pay the consequences. On the other hand, giving them a life sentence is unconstitutional thanks to the Eight Amendment. Before giving them their sentence, they should take into consideration all the resources and possibilities available to them when they committed the crime, and make sure the child was not acting under the influence of someone else.
Has the civil rights of American citizens been forgotten? Even though some people believe that the criminal justice system was made for the protection of citizens and are protecting our rights. The criminal justice system needs to be reformed due to the abuse of civil rights because of the death of innocent citizens, effects on the lives of children, and the misconducted investigations set those officers who committed the crime free.
Become a citizen of one of the best nations in the world is a privilege that not many people have. I’m talking about the United States of America. If you are an U.S natural born citizen you have rights and responsibilities that protect you based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution. People who are in the position to become U.S. citizens gain the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship as natural born American with the only restriction that they can’t be eligible for President of the United States.
As an American everybody has rights. Now, whether people know or understand their rights is a different question. They may ask if you are referring to the Constitution or the Bill of Rights which are one of the same. My M3 class has talked about different men and their views on government and people’s relationship with their government. Next I’ll be sharing my views on what government is best for us, the people.
In the United States all citizens have a guaranteed right to express their thoughts and ideas to a certain extent that is. Under the First Amendment in the Constitution it states that the people have the ability to speak freely. Free speech is a concept that has different variations as to how expansive it should be and can be discussed by four individuals with differing theories on the justification for this right. The four theories are the Utility of Truth by Mill, Democratic Self Government by Alexander Meicklejohn, Individual Self-Realization by Martin Redish, and the Mixed by Thomas Emerson, which all highlight the importance of free speech, but grasp the value of free speech differently.
The next President of the United States unequivocally makes a difference to its citizens. The President of the United States is a representative of the citizens in the government. As citizens over the age of 18, we vote for individuals to represent our interests in the country. Voting is an important responsibility for every eligible person in a democracy, or constitutional republic such as the United States. Many aspects of our lives from health care to freedom to security are affected by the individuals representing the citizens of the United States. Consequently, voters affect laws and public policy making, influence the government, and protect against government overreach. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, declared,