We the People- Examination of the Relationship between the Government and Governed

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Introduction America has witnessed many events through history that influence our perception. Between the dramatic events of American Independence and the scares of the Cold War, we had vocal leaders aim to minimize the federal government’s power. The framers did so initially in the colonial era (Downes, 2012). Then, Ronald Reagan followed this concept through the Cold War (Love, 2009). Today, we live in a Post 9/11 world. This is a world that was so dramatically stricken by the terrorist attacks implemented on the World Trade Center (WTC) that we failed to carry a belief of minimizing the government’s constraints on the people. This society has no conflicts of the criteria presented in the USA Patriot Act (P.L. 107-56 Stat. 272) and has full faith in the rules of due process. Due process defined is recognized as “the regular administration of the law, according to which no citizen may be denied his or her legal rights and all laws must conform to fundamental, accepted legal principles, as the right of the accused to confront his or her accusers” (Samaha, 2006). Through the direct questioning of traditional and non-traditional college students, accompanied by the observation of interactions between people and police, we will conclude American people have a distrust of due process and find the police and government to be very intrusive. Especially, on the rights guaranteed to them through the Constitution. Purpose Statement This generation of our country is not
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