why does the first amendment declare what the U.S.congress is not allowed to do?
why does the first amendment declare what the U.S.congress is not allowed to do
- 4 years agoFavorite Answer
Because every human being has human rights, the founders of the nation decided that no legitimate government could ever justify violating such rights. They knew that it was widely understood that their newly-created government had certain limits, but they also knew thatbfuture generations might forget.
So they amended the constitution with their version of a declaration of human rights, so that the govern,ent could be prohibited from acting against human rights and future generations could haveit spelled out for them, in case they forgot.
The first amendment does not grant anyone any rights. Instead, it protects the rights that everyone already has -- association, religious freedom, freedom of speech and expression -- by prohibiting the government from ever interfering.
The second amendment likewise protects the right of self-defense by keping the tools required to execise that right effectively from being outlawed by the government.
The third and fourth amendments protect different sorts of private property rights.
The fifth prohibits torturing confessions out of people, among other things.
And so on. The problem is, that courts are populated with people appointed for political reasons, and those people pass judgements for political reasons. When the courts are corrupt, and have been corrupt for so long that they don't notice the corruption anymore, it can lead to the judicial approval of all kinds of violations of human rights, despite the law-making body being prohibited from violating those rights under any circumstances.
- John de WittLv 74 years ago
The entire Bill of Rights is about an important concept that seems often lost today. There are natural rights that are innate, granted by God. (Feel free to make the easy translation if you're an atheist.) The heirarchy of things is that God is higher than the federal government, which is a higher authority in turn that are the various state governments. With that heirarchy in mind, government simply cannot have the authority to do some things, even if the great majority of the population wish it so.
- Anonymous4 years ago
Because it is limiting governments power over you.
- CliveLv 74 years ago
Because that's what it is intended to do.