The Constitution Is Our Way Forward

3799 Words Aug 29th, 2015 16 Pages
Ever since the birth of man, tyranny has existed in some way, and so has mans desire to be free from it. Our forefathers in this country fought and died and risked everything they had in this world just to create a place where we could truly, at least for a time, be free of tyranny. They repelled the greatest empire the world had ever known based on their belief that if they could be free they could change the world for the better. We created more wealth, more art, more innovation, more technology than any other nation in history with our freedom. Our freedoms were protected by a document called the Constitution, a document that provided a very specific rules that the federal government could not violate. In recent years however the …show more content…
The Patriot Act passed after the 2001 9/11 Terror Attacks is in direct violation of several amendments, this being one of them, as it allows the government to spy on you directly or indirectly at any given time in nearly any way they wish.

Fifth Amendment – due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, eminent domain.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

This amendment covers several things, and, like the 4th, protects your privacy. The government cannot force you to say or do anything to get you to talk. The government may not take your land for it’s own purposes without getting you to agree to leave and without paying you the full value of the land it seeks to possess. It also protects you from being charged for the same or similar crimes after a successful conviction or acquittal. The Patriot act authorized torture, the
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