ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • United States Politics

Are our rights under the Constitution being protected?

Updated on September 13, 2013
Dennis AuBuchon profile image

I have a background in quality control and my philosophy on my website and writing is quality writing and services to make a difference..

The rights we have under the Constitution are to be cherished and protected but the environment of big government in some cases may be hindering those rights we have and hold dear. One of the critical rights we have is the right of freedom of speech. We as a country have the right to our own opinion about what and how the government is performing to address issues of the day. Freedom of speech along with freedom of the press does have some limitations concerning libel and slander. We cannot print or say falsehoods about other individuals or organizations and those that have committed such actions have found themselves in court being sued for damages.

The rights we have under the Bill of Rights are important aspects of our Constitution and what we are as a country. Actions by individuals and sometimes the government appear to be an attack on these rights in some cases and whether the appearance is factual will sometimes be tested in our judicial system. Our rights as an individual also includes state rights though some may not understand this connection.

States have responsibilities and authority as identified under the Constitution and when they address their responsibilities through their legislature court cases have sometimes been initiated by the federal government calling the action a violation of some law. Whether this is again factual will be tested in our judicial system. The federal government does have some responsibility to ensure individual rights are not restricted or denied.

Another right we have is freedom of religion and it is an important fabric of our economy. Freedom of religion is not being protected in the world of today. Examples of lawsuits through actions of individuals/organizations saying exhibiting certain religious information or statutes are a violation of their individual rights. Court cases involving the display of the Ten Commandments are just one example. The decisions associated with this example are not consistent throughout our judicial system. Our courts are full of cases involving the rights we have under the Constitution and many times our rights are upheld with decisions which are made. This is not always the case and if we do not agree with the outcome, if we are involved we should appeal the decision. If we are not involved we need to voice our opinion through whatever means we have available to us today and there are many with the technology of today. Things can change only if we take action in enough numbers to cause change to occur.

Our right against unreasonable search and seizure has been in the news associated with the NSA. I do feel that the purpose of the program as it has been presented was created to protect us against those who want to do us hare but there needs to be some boundaries. Words on paper which are not followed are worthless. The issue with the NSA is not likely to go away anytime soon given the nature of the issues identified. Our privacy is important and should be protected. While there have been some violations as presented in media sources some statements which have been made if individuals are not doing anything wrong why they should be upset. It is not whether any individual is doing anything wrong but that our privacy is important. Requirements in documents such as laws and regulations are again worthless if they are not being followed.

Another point to make is that words in laws and regulations must also protect our right to privacy. The language of the laws generated by Congress must make sure that privacy issues are clearly address as to what is acceptable and what is not. Regulations which are extension of our laws need to be reviewed by either Congress or a non-partisan organization which is respected to determine if the language addresses the requirements of the laws to which they are associated. Today no such body or organization exists outside of the department or agency which generates them. I am not taking aim at those in any department or agency who perform this review, but it sometimes takes an outsider to properly point our either discrepancies or issues not caught when the documents were first written. Granted there are sometimes executive orders generated by the President to which a department or agency must comply and this makes it difficult for individuals who work for these departments and agencies.

I have made several statements regarding Congress and departments and agencies and I want to clear up one point. There are good individuals in every profession and this does not exclude the federal government. The opinion of how government is working or not working has nothing to do with all the individuals who work for it whether it is a local, state or federal government. I firmly believe there are good individuals who truly care about what they do for the people they represent.

Public opinion of a government entity whether favorable or unfavorable does not represent every individual within it. Opinions of elected and non-elected government officials should be based on the individual not the organization for which they work. We need to base our opinion of what individuals do and how they accomplish their responsibilities. I firmly believe there are individuals of good character working for government entities. We all have experience with government officials of one source or another and it is human nature to some extent to generate an opinion of the organization based on our experience. In connecting the need for our rights under the Constitution being protected the job that every individual working for any level of government can affect whether our rights are protected. It is a matter of how they interact with the public either directly or through documents and decisions they make. We must demand of all government officials that our rights be protected.




Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)