Essay on The Bill Of Rights And Freedom Of Speech

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1. The Constitution lists the powers of and limits on the federal government, but the Bill of Rights lists the guaranteed freedoms of the people. List four rights, each from a different amendment, and explain each. Are the rights you have chosen absolute? Explain. [MO2.1, MO2.3] The Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution because individual rights were not specified. “Ratified in 1791, these first ten amendments to the Constitution list a set of rights that the federal government is obliged to protect” (Patterson, 2015, p.102). Individual rights included among the first ten amendments include: freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, just compensation, and the right to a speedy trial. Included in the First Amendment is protection of freedom of speech. It states “Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridge,” or to restrict. Individuals are “free to say almost anything except that which is obscene, slanders another person, or has a high probability of inciting others to take imminent lawless action” (Patterson, 2015, p.107). The Second Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Simply stated, individuals can have and possess weapons including guns, and the government shall not interfere with this right. The Fifth Amendment states “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” The government cannot take an individual’s property without paying “full…

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