Essay about The Constitution And The Government

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What is the Constitution? The Constitution is a document that regulates the government and guarantees under The Bill of Rights the protection of the people. Without the protection of the Constitution, the people of the United States would find themselves in the same situation as illustrated by George Orwell in his novel 1984. 1984 describes Oceania, a society where the government, The Party, had total control over its citizens. In Oceania, the laws are made to hurt the people and protect the government. The people’s thoughts and actions are regulated, restricted and punished by the Thought Police. In the United States, the Constitution restricts the government’s ability to impose laws that can hinder an individual’s right to a free and democratic society.
The First Amendment to The Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” (Constitution). This Amendment guarantees the people of the United States the right to express their ideas freely without fear of persecution from the government. By contrast, in 1984 the government prevented the people from expressing their ideas by limiting what they were allowed to think, say, and publish. For example, the government demanded that “the original copy [of all documents be] destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files ... This process of continuous alteration was applied … to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or…

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