Bill of Rights and Amendments Table
Donnell Lawrence, William Morelli
August 18, 2010
Bill of Rights and Amendments Table
The grand ole United States Constitution— a relic document that still hasn’t lost its luster today. The U.S. Constitution— the most significant piece of prose that forever changed our lady America’s armor; that has then and now protects us, as a people, from all injustices that creep our American doorsteps every day. Oh America: the beautiful, thou shed its grace on thee, from sea to shining sea! How did this all come about? Where did it come from? Furthermore, how did all of its contents come to be a part of America’s Bible— where did it began, how did it end, and is its effectiveness still relevant in the year 2010? The team will briefly describe the contents of the Bill of Rights and amendments juxtaposed it in order to re-visit the relevance of its law to society today. The first ten amendments were ratified on December 15th, 1791, which are also known as the Bill of Rights, The next seventeen Amendments were drafted and ratified at later dates. The Bill of Right was to be drafted as an agreement between the federalist and the anti-federalist so the U.S. Constitution would become ratified and put into effect. The Constitution was powerful throughout the 13 colonies, but the Anti-Federalist was in fear that the National Government would have too much power. The Constitution was drafted in a way that it provided way for amending it to suit the purpose of the people.
Although the United States Constitution was created centuries ago, the reason for its creation still resonates through the hearts and minds of all American citizens. Much debate over the relevance of such laws in these times takes center stage at the forefront of most individual’s minds that reside in this country. Since, the U.S. is seemingly not opposed to voicing grievances, constantly wanting and needing injustices to be corrected and wrong’s to be righted, is there any wonder if it has always been the same. Prior to the adoption of the Constitution, aristocratic, and philosophies was the only authority in place, never really ever taking their subjects (the people) opinions, livelihoods, or consequences into account— the rulers continued to rule, without caring not even a little about what they were doing, just as long they were pleased. Stupidly, enough as it sounds on paper, it was true, dictators didn’t realize that they were ruining their very guinea pigs away; after all if there was no one to rule, then their reigns would’ve of ended no matter what. It wasn’t until the people began minor uproars about their qualms and reservations, and obtained the backing of prominent businessmen, politicians, clergymen, attorney’s, and other men with strong democratic passions and powers stood up to make a change. When the idea of the Constitution being drafted and adopted was first introduced, its many dissenters became apprehensive upon the completion of the document because they felt that the contents were simultaneously too vague and not readily understandable to anyone without a moderate education, they were also worried that their allies would find it all a little too confusing, or even penetrable by finding loopholes that would open the door to just and fair insurgency by their enemies. Some even made claims that tyrannical behavior would spring from at it as well from both the government and the people; so the document as is was perceived as primitive— needing tweaking to satiate the needs of all that was bound by its governance, irrespective of their professional or personal place in society. As a consequence of the controversy that plagued the much-anticipated U.S. Constitution, a “Bill of Rights” that clearly outlined the rights of citizens on an individual basis ensued. What Congress came up with was the first 10 amendments of the Constitution were created to service that need. Amendment 1...
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