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  • Equal Rights Amendment - 1,429 words
    Equal Rights Amendment 1. Main Arguments a. Since current sex discrimination laws are not based on constitutional amendments, are poorly enforced and are subject to interpretation. An Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution is the only way to ensure the consistent enforcement of laws protecting the rights of women. b. Since there is no Constitutional protection for women are underpaid in regards to men in similar positions. An Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution would end the underpaid and undervalued status of women in the workforce. c. Since Laws to protect women from discrimination due to pregnancy are not protected by a constitutional amendment. An Equal Rights Amendment to the ...
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  • First Amendment - 1,006 words
    ... landmark case, Johnson participated in a political demonstration to protest the policies of the Reagan. After a long street march, Johnson burned an American flag as a symbol of his contempt for Reagan. No one was hurt or threatened with injury, although the flag burning seriously offended several witnesses. Johnson was convicted of desecration of a venerated object in violation of a Texas statute. The case first went to the state of appeals, where they affirmed the punishment, but then the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed, holding that the State, consistent with the First Amendment, could not punish Johnson for burning the flag in these circumstances. The case went all the way ...
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  • First Amendment - 351 words
    First Amendment "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." What exactly are the limits to free speech, anyway? This amendment forbids the government from making any law that prohibits it. The debate against this will rage on forever, even judges can't agree. One of the big things that cause argument is people suing publishers and editors for all kinds of things. We need to remind these folks that the First Amendment is a man-made law, not something that is God-made and perfect in all situations, it does have it's li ...
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  • First Amendment Manipulation - 470 words
    First Amendment Manipulation On college campuses today the debate rages to limit certain kinds of speech that is racists and sexist, some students say that they have a right to say what ever they what because of the First Amendment and doing so will a volition of this right, but this kind of speech threatens the rights of minorities and dose let them engage in the leering process. Freedom of speech and the exchange of ideas are important in colleges, but when this type of speech is allowed onto college campus it creates an atmosphere where minorities are left out and do not participate in the exchange of ideas, and in the learning process. Some universities are trying to curtail this kind of ...
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  • First Amendment Rights - 600 words
    First Amendment Rights 1st amendment rights Under the Bill of Rights of our constitution, Americans are given basic human rights which cannot be taken away. Sometimes these rights conflict with each other, causing debate. The 1st amendment causes many controversial issues to arise. This amendment gives us the freedoms of speech, press, and religion. Freedom of speech is one of those very controversial issues. I feel pretty strongly about our right to freedom of speech. In other countries you could be killed for saying negative things about your government. Here in America, you can call the president a fat idiot who should be shot, and not face any penalty. I do believe that people should res ...
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  • Marijuana Prohibition Is A Violation Of First Amendment Rights - 1,640 words
    Marijuana Prohibition is a Violation of First Amendment Rights "Let me ask you something if you had a choice, what would it be: Marijuana or Martinis?" This question appeared in the New York Times on Tuesday, May 12th, 1998. Due to the "Marijuana Tax Act" of 1937 the only legal choice that you and the 18 million other adults who used marijuana last year can make is the martini ("Against Drug Prohibition" ix). The legal acceptance of alcohol, however, does not exclude it from the category of a "drug," even in the eyes of the Food and Drug Administration. The prohibition of marijuana is historically counteractive and a direct defiance of First Amendment rights. This prohibition has denied thou ...
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  • Napster: First Amendment Right - 647 words
    Napster: First Amendment Right? Napster: To Be or Not To Be Napster ( is a company that operates exclusively online as a virtual music forum. Napster not only allows its visitors the ability to participate in ongoing discussions through its message board forums and online virtual chat rooms, but it also allows its visitors the capability to exchange music files (MP3s) with other Internet users. Because Napster is a virtual online public forum, Napster should be protected under the First Amendment. Under the First Amendment, we the people, are protected by these rights of freedom of speech and assembly. The idea of people coming together in one specific area of the Inte ...
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  • Our Living Shield: The First Amendment - 804 words
    Our Living Shield: The First Amendment The authors of the Constitution of the United States created a magnificent list of liberties which were, at the time ascribed, to most people belonging to the United States. The main author, James Madison, transported the previous ideas of f undamental liberties from the great libertarians around the world, such as John Lilburne, John Locke, William Walwyn and John Milton. Madison and other previous libertarians of his time were transposed into seventeen different rights which were to be secured to all those in the United States. These seventeen civil liberties were compressed into ten different groupings which were designated as the "Bill of Rights." I ...
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  • Should Racist Speech Enjoy Protection Under The First Amendment - 1,496 words
    Should Racist Speech Enjoy Protection under the First Amendment Prejudice and racial stereotyping are two of this country's greatest problems today. Many people in our society have tried to find ways to eliminate or at least limit these types of behavior, but have met with very limited, if any, success. Because of the complex nature of racism and racist acts, coupled with the fact the first amendment prohibits the government from limiting the publics' right to free expression and speech, the Federal government has been ineffective in eliminating racist actions that pervade our society. State governments and institutions have attempted to set up their own laws condemning such actions, but hav ...
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  • The 8th Amendment Talks About Freedom Of Speech And Freedom Of Living Life It Is Not True For Everyone To Live Hisher Life By - 1,595 words
    The 8th Amendment talks about freedom of speech and freedom of living life. It is not true for everyone to live his/her life by his/her choice. When one ask someone, he/she will tell that they are in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. They will all say that gay should have the same rights in housing, jobs, and public accommodations and they should have equal access to government benefits and equal protection of the law. When someone ask them about gay marriage, all this talk of equality stops dead cold. Nearly three people in four in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights. Additionally, many people continue to believe that homos ...
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  • The First Amendment - 941 words
    The First Amendment Persuasive speech The First Amendment I. Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today? II. This is an example of what American citizens said when exercising their right of free speech during the era of the Vietnam War. III. The issue I've decided to speak about is the importance of our First Amendment rights. IV. There are three areas of the First Amendment that I am going to discuss. Namely: A. The right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for change. B. The right of the press to print whatever they want. C. And of course the right to practice the religion of your choice. Transition: Loosely translated, the First Amendment states that any citizen is gu ...
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  • The First Amendment - 1,237 words
    The First Amendment No other democratic society in the world permits personal freedoms to the degree of the United States of America. Within the last sixty years, American courts, especially the Supreme Court, have developed a set of legal doctrines that thoroughly protect all forms of the freedom of expression. When it comes to evaluating the degree to which we take advantage of the opportunity to express our opinions, some members of society may be guilty of violating the bounds of the First Amendment by publicly offending others through obscenity or racism. Americans have developed a distinct disposition toward the freedom of expression throughout history. The First Amendment clearly voic ...
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  • The First Amendment - 1,199 words
    ... Island while Catholics were mainly concentrated in Maryland. As the United States grew larger and larger, these diverse groups were forced to live together. This may have caused individual liberties to be violated because of the distrust and hostile feelings between ethnic and religious groups. Most of the initial assemblies among the colonies considered themselves immune from criticism. They actually issued warrants of arrest, interrogated, fined, and imprisoned anyone accused of libeling the assembly as a whole or any of its members. Many people were tracked down for writing or speaking works of offense. The first assembly to meet in America, the Virginia House of Burgesses, stripped ...
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  • The First Amendment Says Its All Right To Express Ones Opinions As Long As That Opinion Doesnt Do Any Harm To Others Flag Bur - 394 words
    The first amendment says it's all right to express one's opinions as long as that opinion doesn't do any harm to others. Flag Burning, as the Supreme Court declared it, is protected underneath the first amendment whether you or I like it or not. That is a fact. If the majority believes it's unjust to this country then I suppose that they come up with a new amendment to declare flag burning unconstitutional. Until they do that, then flag burning will remain legal. I am not saying that burning our nation's flag, which is dear to my and many other citizens of this country's hearts, is right. But as long as the first amendment says what it does, then there's nothing that we can do about it. Burn ...
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  • The Most Important Amendment In The Constitution Is The Fourteenth Amendment The Fourteenth Amendment Was Proposed By Congres - 1,001 words
    The most important amendment in the constitution is the fourteenth amendment. The fourteenth amendment was proposed by Congress on June 13, 1866 and ratified on July 9, 1868. This amendment is the section about the rights of citizens. There is five sections to the fourteenth amendment. The sections are: citizenship, apportionment of representatives, former confederate officials, public debt, and enforcement. The first section is citizenship. It says all people born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States and of the state that they reside in. No state is allowed to make or enforce any laws which will take away the privileges of a citizen. No state can take away a ...
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  • The Second Amendment Vs A Police State - 1,232 words
    ... lice and we also have the ability to call 911. In California thousands of 911 calls went unanswered because the caller received a message that all operators were busy. California Senator Feinstein wants to have severe gun control laws. The Senator has armed bodyguards and I would ask her why does she need armed bodyguards when all she has to do is call 911 for any help. An examination of policies and statistics by John R. Lott Jr., a professor at the University of Chicago, shows that areas of the country that had right to carry laws saw the number of multiple-victim shootings decline on average of 84 percent and deaths from these incidents plummeted by 90 percent, injuries by 82 percent. ...
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  • 10 Commandments In Schools - 349 words
    10 Commandments In Schools P.S. 233-03 Ed Mashek Dr. Hicks 02/08/01 Assignment #1 The 1st Amendment in Schools Right now in Kentucky, there is a somewhat heated debate going on about whether or not the 10 Commandments should be posted in public schools. The people, schools, and our state and federal governments all seem to have their own opinion, but which one is the right one? That is, which one follows the guidelines set in the Bill of Rights? Legally speaking, schools in Kentucky were required to display the Ten Commandments, until the Supreme Court declared that law unconstitutional. Some Kentucky residents support this action, while others are outraged by it. In the Courier-Journals Rea ...
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  • 2000 Presidential Campaigns - 1,091 words
    2000 Presidential Campaigns The 2000 Presidential campaigns are going to be a very close according to the recent poles made by CNN with Gore in the lead with 43 percent and Bush with 42 percent. The main Presidential candidates are Vice President Al Gore representing the democrats and Governor of Texas, George W. Bush representing the Republicans. The candidates disagree on some issues including abortion, healthcare and education. However they do agree on some things but they have different methods of obtaining their goals. Abortion, for example is one issue that they have different views about, Bush is pro-life and Gore is pro-choice. Healthcare is going to be an important point because Gor ...
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  • A Gold Rush Leads To War - 1,304 words
    A Gold Rush Leads to War A Gold Rush Leads to War The American Civil War (1861-1865) and the Reconstruction period that followed were the bloodiest chapters of American history to date. Brother fought brother as the population was split along sectional lines. The issue of slavery divided the nation's people and the political parties that represented them in Washington. The tension which snapped the uneasy truce between north and south began building over slavery and statehood debates in California. In 1848, settlers discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, starting a mass migration. By 1849, California had enough citizens to apply for statehood. However, the debate over whether the large western st ...
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  • A Gold Rush Leads To War - 1,266 words
    ... and Britain gave up any serious hopes of a Confederate victory. With Britain's vote of confidence also went the possibility of European support for the Confederacy. Without this vital link with the outside world, the Confederacy lost all advantage in the war. Amidst all the turmoil of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, ending slavery in all territories, including the South, which Lincoln continued to insist was under Union jurisdiction. Recognition of the Proclamation became a required element of Lincoln's "ten-percent plan", whereby 10% of the population of any seceded state could reform the state government and apply for readmission ...
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