Understanding the Constitution

I will be making blogposts explaining every Amendment in the Constitution and will also be showcasing what the current Trump Administration has done that pertains to them. Recently, I find myself knowing somewhat of what the Constitution contains due to memorizing them to pass a class, but not understanding them.


The purpose will be to educate myself and others on our rights as American Citizens because this isn't a class we have to pass, it's life.

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The first 10 Amendments are referred to as The Bill of Rights.
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‣ Includes the Five Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Assembly & Freedom of Petition.

‣ Includes the right to bear arms.

‣ Includes when a soldier can reside in a civilian home.

‣ Includes the protection people have in terms of Search Warrants & Seizures.

‣ Includes when and how many times a person can be put on trial, the Miranda Rights, Due Process and what the Federal Government must do if they take your home.
‣ Also a phrase that is well associated with this Amendment: "Innocent until proven guilty."

‣ Includes the right to quick & public trial, right to be put on trial by a jury that is not prejudice, right to know of the charges against you (as the accused), right to confront those who made charges against you (as the accused), right to call witnesses, and the right to an attorney.

Included the procedure of a Civil Claim, the $20 Clause & the guideline followed for there to be a trial by jury.

Includes the 2 conditions that a bail amount is decided upon, the justification for fines & for the punishment to match the crime committed.

‣ Includes the rights people have that are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution.

The 10th Amendment
‣ Includes the power given to the Federal Government & State Government.

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END OF BILL OF RIGHTS
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The 11th Amendment
‣ Includes cases Federal Courts cannot hear, Sovereign Immunity & the Court States can be sued in.

The 12th Amendment
‣ Includes explanation of the Electoral College, the Inhabitant Clause, how a President & Vice President is elected, what occurs when there is no majority and specifies that if a person is not qualified to run for President then they cannot run for Vice President.

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THE NEXT THREE AMENDMENTS ARE REFERRED TO AS THE CIVIL WAR AMENDMENTS
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‣ Includes the abolishment of Slavery and the condition forced labor is allowed to occur.

‣ Section 1: Includes citizenship rights to natural born and naturalized citizens, Due Process Clause,  Privileges Clause & Equal Protection Clause.
‣ Section 2:  Includes how the number of representatives a State has in Congress is determined & what occurs if a State did not allow all 21 year old males to vote.
‣ Section 3: Includes conditions of holding any U.S. office and voting.
‣ Section 4: Includes what debt the government would be held accountable to pay.
‣ Section 5: Includes the enforcement of this Amendment 
* {this took 2 weeks to breakdown} hence essentially having a large chunk of words here to describe what it includes.*

‣ Includes how the U.S. Government and Individual States are not allowed to deny citizens the right to vote based on their race, color or if they were formerly a slave.
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END OF THE CIVIL WAR AMENDMENTS
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The 16th Amendment
‣ Includes how the taxes were changed from being based on population size to being based on the income of an individual.

The 17th Amendment
‣ Includes the amount of Representatives each State has in the Senate, how long the term is and what occurs if a seat is vacant before the term is up [i.e. death, leaving office earlier].

The 18th Amendment
‣  Includes making alcohol illegal, giving Congress & States the power to enforce this Amendment, the clause that this Amendment would become null if the State Government did not approve it within 7 years.

THIS IS THE ONLY AMENDMENT TO BE REPEALED FROM THE CONSTITUTION
(BY AMENDMENT 21 BY THE WAY)

STILL TO COME
The 19th Amendment
The 20th Amendment
The 21st Amendment
The 22nd Amendment
The 23rd Amendment
The 24th Amendment
The 25th Amendment
The 26th Amendment
The 27th Amendment

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