The first one is that our rights are not well enough protected. If we had a written constitution with a proper Bill of Rights, as they have in America, we would feel safer and more sure that we would be protected from governments that wish to take too much power. We have lost many of our rights in the UK and this is because we do not have a written Bill of Rights and because government and Parliament have too much uncontrolled power. Another argument is that the people of the UK would feel more patriotic and identify more with politics if there was a written and codified constitution as they have in the USA. Every American citizen knows about their constitution and they are proud of it.
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This may sound like the political ramblings of long dead patriots, yet the core message at the heart of the preamble still holds true. The U.S. constitution still holds true to its word to this day. "Under the Authority of the United States, the Constitution shall be the supreme law of the land." More than two hundred years after its ratification, the Constitution is still the functioning body of the United States. Many such documents throughout history have either failed or have outgrown its developing society.
Thoreau believes that the government takes the power out of the people’s hands. He also believes that majority rule overpowers the conscience of man and that it is handled in a very improper manner. This also plays into how he feels about the unjust laws in the government. Thoreau thinks that the unjust laws aren’t fixed because Americans believe they have to have a majority of people who agree that the law is unjust and he thinks that that shouldn’t be the case. Thoreau only has the American people’s interest at heart and want them to become a better and greater people, this is what makes him a patriot.
ompers“Although obviously a man of great personal pride and ambition, he had dedicated himself and all his abilities to service for his fellow workers. He wanted them to have what he valued most – individual liberty.” FLORENCE CALVERT THORNE (Forward, Samuel Gompers: American Statesman) “Since freedom was the goal, voluntarism was the principle he advocated. Democracy to him meant responsible individuals living in a responsible society. Individual rights were the practical results of that way of life. As president of the American Federation of Labor, Gompers could not compel any person or union to act contrary to his or their judgement.
The Declaration of Independence is one of the greatest political documents in history due to its powerful and distinctive combination of universal principles and also an abstract theory of government. The Declaration of Independence had a huge effect on the U.S, it confirmed the United States free from Britain rule, it united the North and the South since at the time America was divided in two because of the American Civil War, and it expressed the basic principles on which the U.S government should be based off of. America was instituted on the First Principle that the safety of unalienable rights is the legitimate purpose of government, and that government ought to be limited so that it cannot rule over the people of its country. The Declaration
Do we still need to be alert in our pursuit of a more reasonable society? Well the supposedly civilian government has introduced reforms aiming for increased democratization and development, but the challenges are huge in a country characterized by serious and extensive human rights abuses. The international community has welcomed the changes and suspended most supports. Ongoing conflicts, weak institutions and corruption add to the risks. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial agreement and a color-blind society.
It is my primary point that these influential laws and policies that have transcended upon America have actually taken away what the nation was meant to represent from its past history. To conclude I have given implicit reasons as to why I feel that America is not the 3 nation that use to exist any longer. Freedom is not what it used to be and individual right are not as firmly seated in the country as many in powerful positions would like to make them appear to be. It is true that although Americans have a higher percentage of freedoms in the country compared to other nations it does not change the fact that times have changed and with changing times the shape of this nation is not the same. Although it
Risks can and must be taken free of guilt, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for (William Shedd).” It is equality that built this nation and it is that strong belief that runs this country today. The American dream has changed throughout the years it “has been tested and [it] has triumphed (Michael Bloomberg)” with one principle, equality and freedom. As time progressed more races and people have gained equality and everyone is put on a level playing field. The American dream is not defined with a specific image and common goal. But it is a principle that defines the American dream and that can be defined as equality and freedom, where everyone is on a level playing field.
Most individuals wish to live in a just society, but different political ideologies have different conceptions of what a 'just society' actually is. The term "social justice" is often employed by the political liberal perspective to describe a society with more economic equalitarianism, which may be achieved through progressive taxation and income redistribution. The right wing also uses the term social justice, but generally believes that a just society is best achieved through the operation of a free market, which they believe provides equality of opportunity. In Sanders case he was the 13th juror and that upset him because he didn’t have a say at the end of the trial. Sanders didn’t want the defendant to go to jail that’s why being the 13th defendant really bothered him a lot.
The participation of the American public has been a deﬁning feature of our countries politics and the backbone of its political system. The American way of life will only be preserved if government and the general public continue to work together for the common good, not their own individual benefit. It is easy to become isolated from one another, and in doing so, the conditions for freedom can be lost. “Our national myths often exaggerate the role of the individual heroes and understate the importance of collective effort.” (Robert D Putnam, 1995) Civic engagement, as a whole, is on the decline according to Putnam. Informal activities in particular have seen a downturn.