John Locke : Second Treatise On Civil Government Essay

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John Locke preached to the readers of Second Treatise on Civil Government “all mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions” to instill a change in how government worked and, a hundred years later, a new country based part of their government off his ideas (John Locke Quotes). America was-and still is-like no other country, thanks to the ideals drafted and signed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. The Constitution established the branches of our government, the division of government power, and individual freedoms “given…by nature or God and enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights” (Sharpio). In the Constitution’s first days, it was missing a very important piece: American’s individual rights and freedoms. In 1789 James Madison proposed what would soon become the Bill of Rights to Congress, which brought more individual rights to the legislature. The most important privileges from the Bill of Rights are freedom of press from the First Amendment, the right of trial by jury in the Sixth Amendment, and no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law in the Fifth Amendment because these three rights allow Americans to live a fuller life with more power to live on their own accord. The First Amendment to the Constitution is filled with glorious freedoms for Americans to enjoy. The most important of these is freedom of press. Freedom of press gives the…

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