The Bill Of Rights Of The United States

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The Bill of Rights was passed because concepts such as freedom of religion, speech, equal treatment, and due process of law were deemed so important that, barring a Constitutional Amendment, not even a majority should be allowed to change them. Rule of law is a principle under which all persons, institutions, and entities are accountable to laws that are: publicly promulgated, equally enforced, independently adjudicated, and consistent with international human rights principles. The United States, as a democratic republic, derives ultimate authority and power from the citizens and runs the government through elected officials. Our elected officials follow the same rule of law as the people they govern, and it is the electorate’s hope that …show more content…
Their perceptions fall into several extensive categories. Arthur Meier Schlesinger was an American historian, social critic, and public intellectual who specialized in American history and served multiple roles in the Democratic party for prominent leaders such as speech writing, and advisor to the presidential nominees. Schlesinger developed an argument that accentuates the evolution of the establishment of the presidency over time, and sees Watergate as the result of a much larger pattern of presidential confiscations of power that stretched back at least several decades. Schlesinger argues that ever since World War II, Americans have believed that the nation was in a state of permanent crisis, threatened from abroad by the menace of communism, threatened from within by the danger of insufficient will. 2
Arthur Schlesinger builds from the belief of a succession of presidents in the pressure of this crisis, and in their duty to take whatever measures might be necessary to combat it, led them gradually to annex more and more power from Congress, from the courts, and from the public. 2 “The constant expansion and abuse of presidential power develop the veiled issue that Watergate has been made politically accessible.” 4
Schlesinger takes a unique, thought-provoking approach to the years leading up to the Watergate
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