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Issue Position: Civil Rights

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Our civil rights are the cornerstone of our society. The United States is unique in the history of World. We are not unique because we have the most powerful military today or because we have the largest economy today. Many countries before us held those distinctions. We are unique, however, because our government is the first modern government that is limited in its powers, that derives its powers from the consent of the People, and that guarantees the People certain rights. More accurately stated, the People reserve those rights that are essential to their liberty.

During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a "bill of rights" that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.

On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed to the state legislatures twelve amendments to the Constitution that met arguments most frequently advanced against it. Ten amendments were adopted, the first ten amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

Among the Bill of Rights, the People have reserved for themselves the rights to free speech, free exercise of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to due process under the law, property rights, and the right privacy. These rights and other civil rights maintain freedom of thought and prevent tyranny. All citizens of the United States are guaranteed these civil rights, which should not be abridged.

Life Issues

All Americans have the rights to Life, Liberty, and Property. I believe in the right to life. I also believe in liberty for that life. We are all imbued with these rights by our Creator and should be guaranteed these rights by our laws. I stand up in support of these rights for all Americans, including the unborn.


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