The US Constitution: America’s Provider of Liberty
“Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” This famous quote from the American patriot Patrick Henry reflects early Americans’ thirst for liberty. After the American Revolutionary War’s victory, the new nation’s leaders needed to ensure that the government would provide liberty to Americans, thus the U. S. Constitution was created. By analyzing the first and second articles, as well as several of the Amendments, it can be proven that the U. S. Constitution fulfills the goal of providing liberty to the nation’s citizens.
A first example of this is Article I, Section 8. This section gives Congress the power to protect American ships on the high seas, ensuring their liberty. The section also provides the U. S. with military forces that are to protect the citizens’ liberty from foreign invasion or domestic violence. Without an army it would be very difficult to guarantee the people’s liberty when faced with the aforementioned threats. The rest of the Articles in the Constitution are not clear evidence of the Constitution ensuring liberty, except for one more.
Article III, Section 2, Clause 3 states that excluding cases of impeachment, anyone accused of a crime has the right to a trial by jury. Jury trial guarantees were strengthened in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Amendments. These amendments, as well as a few more provide a stronger evidence of liberty being granted by the Constitution to the people. Perhaps the clearest example lies in the words of the very first amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (1st Amendment of the U. S. Constitution).
This amendment protects the civil liberties of individuals in the United States. But Americans also ought to have the liberty of...
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