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The Importance Of Civil Liberties And Civil Rights

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Civil liberties and civil rights are concepts that protect the citizens of the United States. When it comes to civil liberties, citizens individual freedoms are protected by law from unjust government interference. Contrary to what most people believe, civil rights are not the same thing as civil liberties. Civil rights are the basic rights to be free from unequal treatment based on certain characteristics. Based on civil liberties and civil rights, Miranda Rights, “affirmative action,” and the “clear and present danger test” are all notions that protect and serve the citizens of the United States. To start off, the clear and present danger test is a doctrine that allows the government to restrict certain types of speech deemed dangerous, which was established in Schenck v. United Sates in 1919. This case involved the general security of the Socialist Party, Charles Schenck, who opposed the United States involvement with World War 1. Charles Schenck printed a pamphlet urging young men to defy the draft. Because of this, Schenck was arrested, and he appealed to the Supreme Court. He argued that the First Amendment let him protest war and urge others to protest as well. The Court did not uphold his view and stated that free speech is not an absolute right. The court stated, “The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that
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