ELA 4/ Pd.3
October 18, 2012
Voice of Democracy
What makes America the great country that it is? Why, for over two hundred years, have people from all over the globe come to America to seek freedom and a better life? The United States Constitution is arguably the most influential and important document in the history of our country. The Constitution grants us the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and the freedom of the press. As the Founding Fathers rebelliously signed the Constitution, they were unaware that it would become the structure of the United States. This being said, they built this nation on a foundation of freedom and equality intending to secure liberty for themselves and their descendents, who are the people of today. From the first Ten Amendments written, the most fundamental one was and still is the First Amendment. It guarantees the citizens of America the freedom of speech. For a good government, it is the people that need to voice an opinion to help with decisions and laws for the country. Without our freedom of speech we cannot express our thoughts and ideas freely and openly. Once our freedom to speak our mind is gone, we begin to lose everything that makes us who we are. Freedom of speech has always been a very important right to all Americans, but we must realize that by losing that right we open ourselves up to losing all the other rights and freedom most of us take for granted every day. If we cannot speak freely then the government can stop us from speaking out on our own behalf allowing them to take away other rights. If we cannot speak freely, who is to say in the future we can vote freely. All the things we have grown accustomed to, as Americans, will be lost. Without this right in the Constitution, the people could be easily subjected to tyranny. The second most important Amendment to the Constitution gives the right to every citizen to bear arms. It was written so that a person could defend...
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