The Tenth Amendment deals with federalism: the Federal Government can only pass laws on what the Constitution gives them authority to do. Anything else is in the power of the states. With ideas from British political policy, it is an example of limited government. In the cartoon above, it shows an example of the powers […]
The Ninth Amendment states that the government is not able to violate rights of the citizens not specifically protected by the Constitution. This is the most vague amendment that is the hardest to interpret by the branches of government. The image above shows other rights not specifically protected by the Constitution that the people […]
The Eighth Amendment says that fines and bails should not be set too high and should be reasonable, and the severity of punishments that those convicted of a crime receive is restricted. This amendment is important so that the punishments given to criminals are reasonable and proportionate with the crime committed. The judicial branch decides […]
The Seventh Amendment guarantees a jury trial in civil cases where the litigants could be deprived of life, liberty, and property, where money in dispute is more than $20. The amendment came about when it was noticed near the end of the Constitutional Convention that nothing in the Constitution said anything about juries in civil […]
The Sixth Amendment states that citizens accused of a crime have the right to a fair, punctual, and public trial in the area where the crime was committed, a lawyer, impartial jury, confronted with the witness of the crime, and the nature and cause of his/her accusation. This cartoon shows a man being convicted of […]
The Fifth Amendment states that you can’t be made to answer to a crime unless a grand jury indicts you or offers you a presentment, a document the grand jury issues based on observation and knowledge; this doesn’t apply to those working for the military. In court, you can choose to plead the fifth so […]
The Fourth Amendment concerns privacy as well: Law enforcement officers don’t have the right to search for/seize evidence or persons. Except in certain situations, they must have the appropriate court order obtained with on reasonable grounds. This picture shows two citizens acting suspicious and the law enforcement officer calling a search a massage so he doesn’t […]
The Third Amendment does not allow any kind of member of the military to be quartered in a citizen’s home without the house owner’s consent. This is a right of privacy. This was added after Americans were forced to house British soldiers in the American Revolution. This sign expresses a citizens anger and protest because […]
The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms. As with the rights in the First Amendment, government cannot infringe on these rights of the citizens. This picture represents the protection of the right to bear arms the Second Amendment gives us.
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizens the freedoms of speech, press, to exercise religion of their choice, assembly, and petition. The government cannot violate these rights and protect them.