A Grasp on the Bill of Rights
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A Grasp on the Bill of Rights

August 27, 2019


If you need to remember the Bill of Rights
really quickly, using just your hands, here we go. The First Amendment has five rights: Speech,
Press, Religion, Petition, and Assembly. The Second Amendment is your right to bear
arms. The Third Amendment is your protection from
quartering of troops. The Fourth Amendment is your protection from
unreasonable search and seizure. The Fifth Amendment is your right to remain
silent, protection from double jeopardy, and right to eminent domain. The Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial
by jury. The Seventh Amendment is your right to federally
sue someone over $20. The Eight Amendment is your protection against
cruel and unusual punishment and excessive bail. The Ninth Amendment is the numeration of rights,
if it’s not written in the Constitution, and it’s not illegal, you’re still allowed to
do it. If I can’t see my thumb, it’s still there. The Tenth Amendment is states’ rights. Anything not given to the federal government
by the Constitution is given to the states. If it’s not on my hands, it’s on my feet. So the next time Jimmy Kimmel or some youtuber
comes along trying to make you look stupid and asks you how many Bill of Rights you know,
now, you’ll know better.

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  1. As you are probably aware, the hand signal you're using for "Assembly" is also the first part of the hand signal for "Rally Point" (followed by pointing to a visible marker for easy reference). And whether it was an intentional reference or not, you would assemble at a rally point. (Also a grouped-units feature in many combat video games, including StarCraft!)

  2. I’m taking the naturalization test that is required for graduation tomorrow. The main part I struggle with is the bill of rights. This helps.

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