Individual Rights vs. Public Order
To understand individual rights and public order there must be an understanding on what the advantages and disadvantages are. Many individuals don’t understand the power these two topics hold. They are also at times misinterpreted; some don’t now what their rights are and some think they know. On occasion some may try to abuse them when public order is in forced for example when making an arrest an officer reads you your rights, some individuals think if your rights are not read to you they may not make an arrest. This is were they feel as though their individual rights have been violated. Many are confused as to what they mean, and is why their needs to be an understanding of what the advantages and disadvantages are. Along this paper it will be discussed and given a view of what they mean and a conclusion about the issues at hand. Added to the constitution in 1791, the Bill of Rights limits power to the government, sort of like a protection of our individual rights. The first amendment protects our freedom of expression, speech, press, assembly and religion. Secondly our right to bear arms, third no quartering of troops with out consent. The fourth amendment, a very important individual right that make not be abused in law enforcement. This amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. Protection of being forced to testify against us in a criminal trial is enforced in the Fifth Amendment. This also includes the double jeopardy law, stating that no one can be charged twice for the same crime (Rights of the People, 2008). Furthermore as the list goes on the eighth amendment is an individual right that is very important. This amendment protects us from any cruel and unusual punishment; something should be acknowledged and appreciated. In other countries they do believe in cruel and unusual punishment, depending on the crime, but it could be something as simple as theft. In America there may be time served in jail or prison, however in other countries some are sentenced to death.
With any system it has its pros and cons, although we have these rights as an American citizen just how protected are we? What happens when both parties the government and the citizens decide to abuse these rights? Because of this our rights were not established overnight, they have been and are continuing to consider new rights overtime.
There is nothing like the right to freedom, something many of our ancestors never were able to experience. Advantages of Individual Rights
The advantage of having individual rights is the power and freedom to do and say what you want. Because we live in a very diverse world, we are faced with many decisions daily. At the end of the day our rights is the only thing you have that demands your respect as a citizen. To know about your rights and being able to enforce them is a reward in itself. If you do not know what your rights are, often times someone of a higher authority can abuse them. Considering if these rights were not established, the government would simply do things the way they want to with out question.
When citizen’s rights have been violated, the government, or that individual then has a problem, depending on the situation it maybe an entire association or business. As of today different rights are still being developed because of those who decide to abuse this power. Disadvantages of Individual Rights
The disadvantage side is not being aware of your own rights. How would you be able to defend yourself or demand justice if you are not aware of your rights? In certain situations to have so much freedom is not always good, because now you have citizens who abuse their power. As I stated before as a citizen we must be able to distinguish what is appropriate and what is not. Example same- sex marriages, I completely understand the morals and the spiritual being behind it, however how can we consider ourselves a...
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