The Suppression of Free Speech

We Americans value our freedom of speech. Supposedly. Why then, do we seek to silence those who speak out against popular opinions and beliefs? Our country was established to protect the freedoms of ordinary citizens one of which is the right to speak up for what you believe in. The sad thing is, we are…

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Persuasion and The Importance of Cross Examination

Do you know just how powerful words are? How they affect other people? Words are a potent tool that can be used for both good and evil. They have the potential to inspire creativity and imagination........both of which can be beautiful or dangerous. Persuasive speech is probably the most influential type of oration. A persuasive…

Religious Freedom

The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was sort of a precursor for the Establishment Clause in our Constitution. I will summarize a few of the most intriguing clauses that I read. This document is a great resource when you are trying to figure out what exactly the founders intended by the…

Texas v. Johnson

In 1984, during a protestation against Reagan administrative policies, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag in front of the Dallas City Hall. He was tried in a Texas court and charged for desecration of the flag. After the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction, the case was brought before the Supreme Court.…

Marbury v. Madison

The first time the Supreme Court ever exercised its power of judicial review was in the case of Marbury v. Madison. Judicial review is the right of the Supreme Court to declare laws passed by Congress to be null and void; if they contradicted or were in conflict with the Constitution. In 1789, Congress passed…

International Treaties and the UN Convention

What is the fundamental difference between the UN treaties and the treaties the Founding Fathers would have been familiar with? The Constitution allows us to make international treaties between countries, but there is a difference from the treaties the founding fathers were familiar with and those of today. Today we have things such as the…

Judicial Activism

"Judicial Activism: judicial rulings that are suspected of being based on personal opinion, rather than on existing law." A recent example of judicial activism is the 2010 Federal Sentencing Act: Before 2010, drug dealers would get different lengths of prison time for the amount/type of drugs in their possession. For instance, someone who had 5…