Ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights

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The United States Constitution, adopted by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787 and executed on March 4, 1789, replaced the less effective Articles of Confederation, and is now the supreme law of the United States of America. It is the oldest written constitution still in use, and plays a decisive role in US law and politics. The Constitution is often hailed as a philosophical marvel, and serves as a template for several other nations. Nevertheless, it has been challenged numerous times since its creation. Our founders included a process to amend the constitution if necessary as they foresaw this. The first ten of these amendments are justly named the Bill of Rights for they protect the natural rights of citizens by putting limitations on the federal government. The first amendment is decidedly the most valuable amendment in the Bill of Rights. This amendment grants citizens the freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly and protest, the freedom of press, and the freedom to practice the religion of their choosing. This amendment has played a significant role in the country’s history, and is probably the most widely debated law in the Constitution. Its importance cannot be underestimated. The freedom of speech is a natural right of man, and may not be taken away at any cost, and is therefore, the most essential amendment of the Constitution. Likewise, fundamental rights that are not specifically enumerated in the Constitution may not be violated just because they have not been included. This constitutes the ninth amendment. The ninth amendment does not, however, confer independent rights. This further negates an attempt at expansion of governmental power...
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