Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights was made to protect Americans from too many restrictions and regulations in addition to ensuring our well-being under our government. For the past 200 years, it's done a pretty good job, but on occasion it is seen as either too protective or not protective enough. What do you think? Shmoop amongst yourselves.
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"Freedom from Cruel and Unusual Punishment"...
...were considered among the ten most important rights we could have.
Little known fact: the right to arm bears just missed the cut.
But a whole lot has changed since the late 1700s.
We have rights for women and minorities, overpopulation, pollution, and reality TV.
If you were in charge of writing a new bill of rights today...
...what would you insist on including?
The Constitution never specifically mentions children's rights?
Should there be something about that? Or maybe something should be taken out?
After all, it's a very different world than it was when we had
13 states and almost everybody lived on a farm.
You're in charge... so go wild.
Add some rights, take some out, scrap the whole thing and turn us into a fascist dictatorship...
Wait... don't do that, actually. Fascist dictatorships are truly awful.
Thomas Jefferson once suggested that the constitution be re-written every 20 years so it could stay
in tune with the society. Well, it's been over 200 years...
..so by that account we should have had more than 10 new constitutions already.
It's all on your shoulders. Come up with a new Bill of Rights.
What do you think should stay put? And what do you think we should get rid of?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.