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"The pluralistic form takes for me a stronger hold on reality than any other philosophy I know of, being essentially a social philosophy, a philosophy of 'co'"-William James
Using some of my U.S.
government teacher’s words, the constitution then and now is thought of the
highest law of the land. It was the precedent that would pioneer how our
government was set up and run for the many years to come. It is what we, as
U.S. citizens, go by in order to make hard decisions for our country like Brown v. Board of Education, gay marriage
rights, and Roe v. Wade. When it came
time for us to learn the constitution, our teacher went section by section and
clause by clause explaining exactly what they meant in today’s terms.
There are many rights
that are clearly stated in many parts of
the constitution such as the Bill of Rights. These are examples of certain
liberties the government cannot take away from us, but there are some clauses
that are vaguer. In the portion that assigns duties to the Legislative Branch,
the enumerated rights are listed for a guide for future problems. However, the
writers of the constitution, also, wrote in a safety net. This is called the
make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution
the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the
Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
was not the only loophole that was put into the Constitution. In the fourth
amendment, citizens are given the right against search and seizure without a
probable cause and warrant in their person, house, papers, and effects. This
entitles citizens with a certain amount of privacy from the government without
probable cause. More importantly, the amendment that stands out is the ninth
amendment. It states that just because certain rights were not listed in the
Constitution does not mean that the people do not have them. My teacher was
clear to point out that citizens’ right to privacy was an example of this type
of unwritten right. The ninth and fourteenth amendments were used for
concurring opinions in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, stating that no state could prohibit abortions during
the first trimester.