When we polled 50 random people of all ages with this simple question only 4 had the right answer. SCARY isn't it?
The bill of rights is a portion of the US Constitution. It is made up of the first ten amendments. Which affects all US citizen especially because greedy corporation are constantly trying to find way to do away with our constitutional rights for the gain. We the people and all of the worlds resources have become products, consumers, test subjects and acceptable losses. It is vital more than ever that we stand strong for our constitutional rights before they are all taken away.
Here is a list of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights:
The First Amendment - states that Congress shall make no law preventing the establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. Also protected are freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Second Amendment - protects citizen's right to bear arms.
The Third Amendment - prevents the government from placing troops in private homes. This was a real problem during the American Revolutionary War.
The Fourth Amendment - this amendment prevents the government from unreasonable search and seizure of the property of US citizens. It requires the government to have a warrant that was issued by a judge and based on probable cause.
The Fifth Amendment - The Fifth Amendment is famous for people saying "I'll take the Fifth". This gives people the right to choose not to testify in court if they feel their own testimony will incriminate themselves.
In addition this amendment protects citizens from being subject to criminal prosecution and punishment without due process. It also prevents people from being tried for the same crime twice. The amendment also establishes the power of eminent domain, which means that private property can not be seized for public use without just compensation.
The Sixth Amendment - guarantees a speedy trial by a jury of one's peers. Also, people accused are to be informed of the crimes with which they are charged and have the right to confront the witnesses brought by the government. The amendment also provides the accused the right to compel testimony from witnesses, and to legal representation (meaning the government has to provide a lawyer).
The Seventh Amendment - provides that civil cases also be tried by jury.
The Eighth Amendment - prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments.
The Ninth Amendment - states that the list of rights described in the Constitution is not exhaustive, and that the people still have all the rights that are not listed.
The Tenth Amendment - gives all powers not specifically given to the United States government in the Constitution, to either the states or to the people.
Learn what branches of local City State and Federal Government specifically address what aspects of your rights. The day may come when you may need to know who to contact when you are faced with a situation you are unable to resolve through normal channels.
Here is a fun way to learn about the Three Branches of Government
Get involved and be heard!.....or don't complain.