Analytical Essay: An American Conscience

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Jon Cunningham English 1301 Dr. Miller 22 Nov 2013 An American Conscience The United States of America has been a beacon of light for those seeking to live a life free from oppression. Those landing on her shores come seeking a life where they can achieve any dream they strive for and the freedom do as they please without fearing recourse from an oppressive government. According to our Constitution, our government receives its limited powers from the people and is held accountable to those same people every election cycle. These same people expect their government to make and pass laws that reflect the good of the country as a whole and respect the individual liberties that each citizen enjoys. Closer examination shows that our Constitutional…show more content…
The Constitution itself, infringed on the rights of individuals who were nonwhite and it wasn’t until the passing of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments were passed that this issue was corrected. Since then there have been countless other laws passed seriously infringing upon personal liberty. There have been laws concerning firearms, the taking of personal property through eminent domain, due process, taxation, and religious freedoms just to name a few. There is one law that has been used with increasing frequency since its passing and that is the Espionage Act of 1917 which was passed in an attempt to prevent interference of US military operations, prevent the interference of military recruitment, and to prevent citizens from helping enemies of the US during times of war. It was because of this Act that one of the more notable trials of the twentieth century took…show more content…
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