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Young Americans Talking Constitution

Young Americans Talking Constitution

ACLU presents Young Americans talking Constitution Without the Constitution, I would not be able
to freely express myself. I wouldn’t be able to complain about not making as much as I
want for the work I do or any of those things; because, in another country I could work three
times as hard and make a banana. I have this horrible habit of being very honest,
and I like my freedom of speech. Well, I like the 19th Amendment because it
gave me the right to vote. Clearly we’ve made a lot of amendments to
the Constitution so it wasn’t perfect when they first made it. They just set a guideline for our rights,
but they didn’t list all of them; so, it gave room for interpretation. You can be gay now and get married. You can
be black and get scholarships. I think it’s good because our society is constantly
advancing so our laws need to, too. We set down these ground rules at the very
start of our nation, and it’s helped bring us to where we are today as a world power,
but if we detract from them, if we move away from these really basic principals then we’re
going to be lost. Screen shows: A lost generation? Many kids in our generation don’t follow policies,
don’t care about anything. I’ve been cynical before. I’ve definitely
been cynical. If someone’s not pleased, they’re just either
going to protest, or they’re not going to care at all. And, our attitude with as many
things as we associate with..we have alcohol, video games…we have an attitude that we
don’t care. People are so absorbed with like the media
being just so superficial, just thinking about like Britney Spears and all of these little
pop stars, and, you know, all of this stuff that really isn’t relevant to the real state
of the world. It’s kind of sad that nobody cares anymore,
because basically the people before worked for nothing. Slide shows: What happened? We’re not taught the Constitution from that
aspect because of our civics classes. All of the teachers in there…all, they are,
are football coaches. You go to any high school, it’s usually a coach. All they are going to
teach about is football and what’s coming up the next Friday night. And, basically the
students just nap. They don’t learn anything about the Constitution and they don’t care,
when they get out of high school, anything about their fundamental rights. I think that we do actually understand what’s
going on. And, we are just so disenfranchised by what the older generations do that we don’t
feel compelled to act. There’s nothing that. we really don’t feel that we can do anything. There’s also a kind of little cynicism about
a document that’s not being followed by some of our highest officials and people of power,
so …. Screen shows: Is there hope? There is hope; but, it’s going to take quite
awhile. I don’t expect my generation to make any difference at this moment. I think our generation has discovered the
value of the Constitution. People tend to be very passionate about politics;
but only the politics that refer to them. I don’t see any spark. We’re all just laying
back on our computers; doing homework, studying, and trying to make money. My problem with that assessment is: I think
that our generation knows, I just think that our generation hasn’t gotten a chance. A lot of people don’t go back to the original
Constitution and check out and say: “Hey, wait a minute. Is what we’re saying actually
in the Constitution? Is there something in the Constitution that can solve this issue
right now? Why are we even debating about it?” And, I want to believe there’s at least one
person that can say that they still believe in the Constitution and in everyone’s rights. Screen shows:
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. It is great to hear our young talk about the foundations of our nation. It is good to hear that they not only care, but they are thinking about the implications removing civil liberties and rights. They are aware. They ARE paying attention.

  2. I especially like the point about how the constitution is taught in school. In my 8th grade US history class (which included civics)we were supposed to memorize the rights in each amendment, but beyond trivial summeries of a few court cases, we did not really study its applications. We were also taught many fallacies, such as the idea that the bill of Rights does not apply to juveniles or that speach can be censored if it is "disruptive" (based on the speech itself, not how it is expressed).

  3. People think that the Constitution gives us rights. It doesn't give US rights.

    Without the Constitution the government wouldn't have the right to exist!

  4. You can't claim to support the Constitution if you are against the 2nd amendment individual right of the people to keep and bear arms.

  5. It is good that these kids have an interest in the constitution. But I can not ignore that the fact, that it appears they have been indoctrinated by liberal teachers.

    Liberal-see the constitution for what it COULD say
    Conservitives-see the constitution for WHAT it says.

  6. "The constitutions of most of our states [and of the United States] assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press."
    — Thomas Jefferson

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