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The 5 Constitutional Amendments That Impact Us Most in Our Daily Lives

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The United States Constitution has been changed and improved many times throughout its history. In total, there are 27 current Amendments added to the Constitution, although only 26 are in effect. 

Of these, only a handful really affect us in our day-to-day lives, with the others primarily adjust voting procedures here and there, or grant rights to previously underprivileged groups. 

Today, let’s break down the 5 most important Constitutional Amendments that affect our daily lives:

5. The First Amendment

The First Amendment is obviously important, and it includes many of the rights some Americans take for granted every day. The First Amendment grants you freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom to petition the government or its representatives.

Alongside the other nine initial amendments, which together comprise the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment ensures that Americans are among the freest people in the world.

4. The Second Amendment

4. The Second Amendment The Second Amendment is extremely important, and many Americans would say it is even more important than the first. The Second Amendment grants us our right to bear arms, and it was intended by the Founding Fathers to be a check against potential federal tyranny.

Thanks to the Second Amendment, every American citizen can own firearms and use them to protect themselves and their property.

3. The Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment is also part of the Bill of Rights and it concerns our criminal codes. Specifically, the Sixth Amendment guarantees that every citizen has the right to a fair and speedy trial and legal representation. This amendment makes sure that no American citizen can be taken to a kangaroo court and convicted of a crime that they didn’t commit.

While it is also true that this sometimes results in guilty people going free, it's better to let guilty people escape a prison sentence than it is to wrongfully imprison innocent individuals.

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2. The Twenty-Second Amendment

Among the most important Amendments is the 22nd. This was passed after Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Presidency, and it limited all following Presidential terms to twice per person.

As a result, no one can be elected President more than twice, and no one can serve more than 10 years as President (in the unlikely event that they take office while they are Vice President and then win the next two Presidential elections).

1. The Twenty-Sixth Amendment

Last but not least is the crucial 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. 

While this may not seem super important, it definitely affects us in our day-to-day lives as it allows 18-year-olds to vote for their Representatives, Senators, and Presidential candidates.

As you can see, these Amendments play a role in the freedoms we enjoy every day. They also affect who we are allowed to vote for and how many times.

However, you should take a look at the complete list of all 27 Amendments for the U.S. Constitution – they’re all very important, and researching them will help you better understand our country’s guiding document.

Thank you for reading, stay strong patriots.   

Justin | Right Wing Gear
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