An Analysis of 'Constitution Cafe: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution'

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Constitutional Cafe The focus of this paper vis-à -vis the book Constitutional Café by Christopher Phillips will be tenth chapter, which is titled Rights and Responsibilities. This chapter of the book focuses what are defined and codified as rights, what implications both rights and responsibilities hold when speaking of the Constitution and how the Constitutional framework surrounding these two topics has evolved since the Revolution. The two terms sound easy enough to define and assess but the topics become quite muddled when considering what the clauses mean and how they've played out in the past since their inception (Philips, 2012). Discussion As is easily gathered from the introduction, there is a marked difference between "rights" and "responsibilities" when speaking of the Constitution. The former refers to the rights of the citizenry (both what they are allowed to and what the government cannot do to them) while the latter refers to what the government must do to remain compliant. The original iteration of the Constitution, both in Article 1, Section 9 and Article 1, Section 10 both covered habeas corpus. Basically, unless a war-time situation demands it, due process must always be in place. One notable example of it being suspended was during the Civil War when President Lincoln did so (Archives.gov, 2012). Article 1, Section 8 covers patent and copyright but it is specifically noted that the protections under these definitions are not automatically

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