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The 27 Amendments of the Constitution
Transcript of The 27 Amendments of the Constitution
Religious and Political Freedom
Right to Bear Arms
Search and Seizure
The freedom of the people to carry guns is not to be broken. (Except George Zimmerman)
No soldier is allowed to stay in any household with out permission of the owner. People have a right to their privacy, after all.
The right of the people to keep their personal belongings and themselves safe from violations, unless there is a warrant, probable cause, or if there is a crime in progress.
Rights of Accused Persons
People can't be forced to testify against oneself and they can't be tried twice for the same crime. You can't be tried for a serious crime unless the grand jury says there's enough evidence first, unless the accused is in the military. Also the accused rights have to be protected.
Right to Speedy, Public Trial
All Criminal defendants have the right to a speedy, public trial. You can't make the person sit in jail for years until the trial starts, the accused might be innocent. Also, public trials are more fair.
Trial by Jury in Civil Cases
Limits of Fines and Punishments
Excessive fines and bails are not allowed. And punishments cannot be cruel or unnecessary. (Bye bye, death by firing squad)
Rights of People
There are many unwritten rights. Just because they are not written down doesn't mean that they should be broken.
Powers of States and People
Lawsuits Against States
Election of Executives
Right to Vote
Direct Election of Senators
"Lame Duck" Sessions
Repeal of Prohibition
Limit on Presidential Terms
Voting in District of Columbia
Abolition of Pole Taxes
Presidential Disability, Succession
The 27 Amendments of the Constitution
The power that is not given to the government goes to the people and the states.
The states and Federal Government both have sovereign immunity, which prevents a lawsuit without consent.
When electing for President, instead of placing two votes for just the President, voters are to place votes for President and also Vice President.
Slavery and forced labor is no longer allowed.
Anyone who was born in America is automatically a citizen and had equal rights. (Before this amendment, African Americans, children of immigrants and Native Americans could not be citizens.)
The right for American citizens of any race to vote for a leader
The Federal Government has the power to give and collect taxes.
Regular voters have the right to vote for their own senators. Instead of representatives choosing representatives.
This amendment gave women the power to vote. Even though the 15th amendment made it illegal to deny any US citizen the right to vote. I wonder why women weren't included in the 15th Amendment? How rude! Well, dad always says that women are bad drivers, I guess they were bad voters, too.
Sets the dates for when the office ends and decides who will be in office when the President's term ends.
The end of prohibition in the U.S. So, no more sale of illegal alcohol and criminals getting rich! Party time!
Any President in office is given two 4 terms. Before this amendment, Franklin D Roosevelt served four terms during his presidency.
The residents of Washington DC have the right to vote for representatives in the Electoral College. The amount of votes for the President and Vice President are the same amount of Senators and Representatives in Congress.
The citizens are given the right to vote in any election for president or vice president.
When or if the the president in office dies, the vice president is to take his place.
When a citizen of the U.S. becomes the age of 18, they have the right to legally vote.
It is not allowed for any law to happen unless the representatives have had something to do with it.
Freedom of Speech
Americans have the right to express themselves without the government's intervention.
The government can't control what is put on the radio, TV, books, newspapers or online
This give American citizens the right to go to whatever house of worship they choose and also the right not to.
Americans have the right to ask for changes in the government by getting signatures for petitions and sending them to elected representatives.
Americans have the right to get together in public or private and form groups for social, religious, or political reasons.
This amendment stopped the sale and drinking of alcohol. Some Americans believed that alcohol was the reason behind all bad things, thinking that banning it would make everything better. Wrong! If people want something bad enough, they find ways to get it.
In order to have a fair court system, people have a right to have a trial by jury in civil cases. This prevents biased judges from making unfair judgements. (Even though I didn't agree with the jury's verdict in the Casey Anthony trial.)