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Rigths and Freedoms of the Constitution

Pick one of the rights in the first 10 Amendments. How is that right still relevant today? How has the interpretation of that right changed since the Bill of Rights was adopted? and Which one of the Amendments adopted after the Bill of Rights (that is Amendments 11 through 27) is most important to you? Why? Also, do you believe a new amendment should be added to the Constitution? If so, what is it and why is it important?

also, Prepare a reflection on the rights and freedoms guaranteed to you as an American citizen in the Bill of Rights. Include the following:

a) Discuss which freedom guaranteed to you in the First
Amendment to the Constitution is most relevant to you personally.

b) Analyze and discuss the significance of the Bill of Rights and subsequent notable amendments to U.S. democracy.

c) Discuss the process for amending the Constitution. Is this a "fair" process? Explain.

2) Utilize the required readings, academic Web sites and the GCU e-Library, as resources for this assignment.

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1) Pick one of the rights in the first 10 Amendments. How is that right still relevant today? How has the interpretation of that right changed since the Bill of Rights was adopted? and Which one of the Amendments adopted after the Bill of Rights (that is Amendments 11 through 27) is most important to you? Why? Also, do you believe a new amendment should be added to the Constitution? If so, what is it and why is it important?

The first ten amendments to the constitution preserve basic American values, such as the right to bear arms, the right to a trial by jury, and freedom of press. If I were to pick one of these amendments and explain why it is still relevant today I would choose Amendment X: Powers Reserved to the States and to the People. This amendment is still relevant today because it ensures that the federal government shares power with the states and the citizens of the United States. This allows power to be shared by the federal government and the state government, while still protecting the rights of citizens. However, this amendment has changed since the Bill of Rights was adopted because the Supreme Courts has progressively increased the power of the federal government. With decisions on civil and labor rights, laws have been enacted giving increased power to the federal government. While this is still an important amendment that guarantees that the people and states retain power, the past century has seen an increase in the power of the federal government. Luckily, we are governed by an impressive document that preserves the rights of its citizens and states.

Amendment XIX: Woman Suffrage is the most important amendment to me that was adopted after the Bill of Rights. Why is this important to me? I am a female and women actively helped to build this nation and we haven't had the right to vote for a century yet. That is why this is important to me. However, there certainly could be an argument that Amendment XIII and the prohibition of slavery is a very critical amendment as well as the extension of suffrage to blacks in Amendment XV. What amendment is most important to you? The tone of your assignment is geared to make you think critically about the Constitution and how it impacts you.

As far as the question about an additional amendment to the constitution, no, I don't feel like we need an additional amendment added to our ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the Bill of Rights and additional Amendments to the Constitution, including the rights of citizens and additional notable Amendments to the Constitution. A bried discussion on the Amendment process to the Constitution is included.

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