Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stuck in the 18th Century, the US Constitution Fails to Recognize Widley Accepted Human Rights

There is no denying that the Bill of Rights was progressive at the time it was written - in 1791 - advancing civil and political (and property) rights. Along with the Declaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen (Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789), it promised to safeguard citizens against arbitrary power; to protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion; and assured citizens that their property could not be taken for public use without compensation. Both the Bill of Rights and the Declaration provided protections to ensure that anyone accused of a crime had the right to a fair trial. Thomas Jefferson played some role in influencing the drafting of both.

More:  https://www.popularresistance.org/our-18th-century-bill-of-rights-needs-revising/

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