The Constitution: My Rights as an American Citizen
December 2, 2011
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.—Preamble to the Constitution
The Constitution of the United States of America is a document written by Thomas Edison, along with others, to “be the foremost piece of legislature with regard to the implantation and authorization of legality and lawfulness within the United States. Ever since the Constitution was supplemented, all American citizens, regardless of race, creed, or religion, were given various rights. The following are several Amendments that state the rights we are given. Amendment I gives everyone the freedom of speech and press, the right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Gov’t for a redress of grievances. Amendment II states that Gov’t cannot take away weapons except for public policy reasons or if you are a convicted felon/criminal. Amendment III states that no soldier shall be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, not in a time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. Amendment IV entitles the right of people to be secure in their homes and it is against the unreasonable search and seizure of one or his/her property. Amendment V involves the right of eminent domain, stating that Gov’t can never take your property away without giving just compensation (money) and unless it is for a valid public purpose. Amendment XIII gave African Americans, who were considered property, freedom. Amendment XIX gave citizenship to people depending upon the state in which they lived. Amendment XV made it legal for white, male landowners to vote. Later on, freed black males and women were given...