Many American school children are barely able to name more than one or two amendments from our constitutional Bill of Rights. It is a sad fact that our schools don't put much emphasis on learning our constitutional freedoms and liberties. Therefore, it would be my pleasure to post the original 10 amendments of our constitution for the benefit of our young people!
The Ten Original Amendments: passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791:
AMENDMENT I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
AMENDMENT II A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
AMENDMENT III No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
AMENDMENT IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
AMENDMENT V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
AMENDMENT VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
AMENDMENT VII In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
AMENDMENT VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
AMENDMENT IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
AMENDMENT X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Too much reading for you? Ok then, here is my version for people that don't like to read big paragraphs.
1. Freedom of religion Freedom of speech Freedom of the Press Right to assemble Right to petition Government
2. Right to keep and use guns
3. Soldiers can't sleep in your home
4. Cops need a warrant to search your home
5. Right to remain silent Right to legal due process
6. Right to speedy trial Right to have a lawyer
7. Right to a Jury trial
8. No Excessive bail No cruel or unusual punishment
9. One amendment can't deny any of the others.
10. If a power is not delegated to the government by the constitution, nor prohibited by the state, is a power given to the people.
There are 27 amendments to the constitution with the remaining articles pertaining to representation, terms of office, prohibition, etc. To view the remaining articles, click here: The Bill of Rights