Does the Government Control Our Rights? Essay
For centuries, governments have tried to regulate information thought to be inappropriate or offensive. Today's technology has given the government an …show more content…
Out of the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, only one is not threatened. "No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war (United States)." This amendment is fairly safe because of the amount of tax money the government spends to maintain the armed forces.
With this much of the Bill of Rights in question, how can we be sure our rights are safe? Differences in character, appearance, and emotion make us all individuals. Watching and hearing other people form the foundation for our personal beliefs. What we learn from childhood to expect, as an inalienable right, may not be. When the government can take away your choice to smoke, tell you when to wear a seatbelt, or decide what constitutes a religion we should all be concerned! To preserve the Bill of Rights for ourselves, we must defend them for everybody. Works Cited
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