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RainyDays
Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:15 AM
the 9th Annual National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL)/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest

the topic about which i must write is an inspiring story of a modern heroic American woman and to show how her life and achievement has connected to at least one right in the Bill of Rights. i also must write about how it relates to me personally.

So i'm thinking:
Gloria Steinem (modern???)
Ashley Judd
Angelina Jolie (???)
Condoleezza Rice
Oprah
Kathy Griffin ( for the 1st amendment)

i'm blank on others. any suggestions? or thoughts on my current women?

drake3781
Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:24 AM
the 9th Annual National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL)/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest

the topic about which i must write is an inspiring story of a modern heroic American woman and to show how her life and achievement has connected to at least one right in the Bill of Rights. i also must write about how it relates to me personally.

So i'm thinking:
Gloria Steinem (modern???)
Ashley Judd
Angelina Jolie (???)
Condoleezza Rice
Oprah
Kathy Griffin ( for the 1st amendment)

i'm blank on others. any suggestions? or thoughts on my current women?

Hm, I 'd say no, no, no, no, no, and no. (Maybe Ashley Judd; how would you use her?)

Can you list the rights in the Bill of Rights for us... that will help get the wheels turning.

RainyDays
Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:28 AM
sure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_Rights
Text of the Bill of Rights

Preamble
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution."[36]


Amendments
The Bill of Rights

First ten amendments to the
United States Constitution


First Amendment – Freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and to petition the government.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Second Amendment – Right for the people to keep and bear arms, as well as to maintain a militia.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

Third Amendment – Protection from quartering of troops.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Fifth Amendment – Due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, private property.
No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and other rights of the accused.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Seventh Amendment – Civil trial by jury.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Eighth Amendment – Prohibition of excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Tenth Amendment – Powers of states and people
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

RainyDays
Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:31 AM
see, this is why i need suggestions...i can think of plenty modern american heroes who are women...just relating to them to the bill of rights is tricky.

RainyDays
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:17 AM
?????

drake3781
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:29 AM
the 9th Annual National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL)/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest




Hmmm, just noticed the NRA... that is the National Rifle Association??

If so, that is going to really affect who you can and cannot choose?

RainyDays
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:35 AM
Yeah it is the National Rifle Association

drake3781
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:41 AM
Yeah it is the National Rifle Association

Well, I'm not opposed to you taking their money ;) .

You better think of someone who supports their views and the likely views of their membership and scholarship board.

meyerpl
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:58 AM
You could write about Betty Friedan and how she fought tirelessly for women's rights, citing the fourth amendment and how a woman's right to privacy has been interpreted by the high court to extend to a woman's right to choose.
You could conclude your essay by suggesting that Betty Friedan should be honored........................................... ......with a second class postage stamp! :haha: :haha:

meyerpl
Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:57 PM
Well, I'm not opposed to you taking their money ;) .

You better think of someone who supports their views and the likely views of their membership and scholarship board.
The obvious person who comes to mind is Ann Coulter, that modern, heroic American woman who........oops.....never mind. Back to the drawing board.

Pheobo
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:42 PM
Please don't use Condi.