Does the Government Control Our Rights? Essay

636 Words May 21st, 2000 3 Pages
How many rights do you have? You should check, because it might not be as many as you think. Some people are not concerned that the police can execute a search warrant without knocking, set up roadblocks, and interrogate innocent citizens. Nor are they concerned when a drug dealer receives a life sentence for selling a quarter gram of cocaine for $20 (Bailey). When you combine current events with the widespread need of people to fit into society, we should all be concerned. The Bill of Rights, when written, established and protected our personal freedoms from government interference.
For centuries, governments have tried to regulate information thought to be inappropriate or offensive. Today's technology has given the government an
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Being required to tell the state everything you own and submitting to an invasion by the taxman is not being secure in your home. Maybe that is why the government controls guns.
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
Bailey, Thomas A., David M. Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen. The American Pageant. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

Hyland, Paul, Sammells, Neil. "Writing and Censorship." London: Routledge; 1992: 1-13; 133-167.

Steele, Shari. "Taking a Bite Out of the First Amendment."

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