• A More or Less Perfect Union: 9th and 10th Amendments
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    A More or Less Perfect Union: 9th and 10th Amendments

    The Ninth Amendment, not too many people are familiar with. Basically, what it says is, “this list of all these rights are not the limits of your rights. You have un-enumerated rights as well.” Oh I like that one actually. Because imagine somebody gave you the task of listing every single individual right that you have. That would take you forever. I don’t think it would make sense to write down, in, like, the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, or something like that, every single freedom we have. “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”…

  • (RARE) Have You Heard of FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights Speech?
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    (RARE) Have You Heard of FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights Speech?

    In our day certain economic truths have become accepted as self-evident a second bill of rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station or race or creed Among, these are the right to a useful and remunerative job the right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation the right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living the right of every businessman large and small to trade in an atmosphere of freedom freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home…

  • A Republic
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    A Republic

    The Framers emerged from four months of secrecy with the first national Constitution ever put to paper. Well, Dr. Franklin, what have you given us? Well, sir, a republic, if you can keep it. For the first time in history, men invented a government. But what kind of government was it? I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands… That’s right. A republic. There had been republics in the past, and it was assumed that we would have a republic of some form here. And that republic would be structured so as to prevent the majority from oppressing…

  • A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights – Belinda Stutzman
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    A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights – Belinda Stutzman

    Transcriber: tom carter Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution — also known as the Bill of Rights — were ratified or passed over 200 years ago. But even though they’re a bit, well, old, these first 10 amendments are still the most debated and discussed section of our Constitution today. So, can you remember what they are? Let’s take a look. The First Amendment is the freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. This may be the most revered of the amendments. The First Amendment protects our rights to say and write our opinions, worship how we please, assemble together peacefully and petition our…

  • December 15: Bill & Ted’s Rights: Lisa Arch
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    December 15: Bill & Ted’s Rights: Lisa Arch

    that you want me, want me to keep talking about stuff Now Today in 1941 President Franklin D Roosevelt declared December fifteenth to be bill of rights day the bill of rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the constitution serving to protect the natural rights of liberty and property originally when it was ratified today in seventeen ninety one it was only for white men sort of like Ted Haggard’s parties uh… today big day for towers because gustavo eiffel was born in eighteen thirty two and because in 2001 the leaning tower of Pisa reopened after eleven years of renovations and even though 27…

  • Justice Beyond Borders, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS
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    Justice Beyond Borders, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS

    The overview effect is a psychological, cognitive shift that happens to many astronauts when they go into space for the first time and see Earth. It’s this feeling they describe as the full definition of awesome. So being in awe of this pale blue dot that contains all life that has ever lived and died. And so what astronauts describe is that you cannot see man-made borders in space. But what you can see and understand is how connected we all are on this Spaceship Earth. And so, the worldwide Survivor Bill of Rights is predicated on this principle that justice should not depend on geography.

  • When Astrophysics Meets Civil Rights, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS
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    When Astrophysics Meets Civil Rights, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS

    I have two burning questions that I wake up every morning to. It’s what is our place in the universe? And where am I going to do about it? Space makes me feel both so humbled and special at the same time. Because when you at the sky you see all these lights. And that star light has traveled billions of years. That photon has traveled all this way to reach your eye. We are but a blink of an eye in the universe. But also we’re able to be cognizant, and love, and understand, and process our life. So what are we going to do with our flicker on…

  • The Koch Brothers Are Trying To Whitewash American History About Slavery
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    The Koch Brothers Are Trying To Whitewash American History About Slavery

    Most people may not realize this, but the billionaire Koch brothers are actually also in the education business. Not that they necessarily make a profit from it, but the Koch brothers, for years now, have been trying to infiltrate education in the United States at every single level. From preschools to colleges, the Koch brothers have found a way to weasel their way into the American education system. And recently it was revealed that one of the organizations that they’re funding in order to do this is called the Bill of Rights Institute. What the Bill of Rights Institute has been putting out for free for teachers, so that you…

  • Does Free Speech Offend You?
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    Does Free Speech Offend You?

    Freedom of speech. The ability to express yourself. It’s a cherished idea — as well it should be. Most of us who live in liberal Western democracies think of it as a basic human right. People have fought and died for it. But now we may be in danger of losing it. The threat is not coming from without — from external enemies — but from within. A generation is being raised not to believe in freedom OF speech, but rather that they should have freedom FROM speech — from speech they dislike. This is a threat to both pluralism and democracy itself. We see this in Europe where “sensitivity-based”…