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How are we free if the constitution stops us from doing things?

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I don't think the constitution offers freedom, nor takes it away. Firstly, freedom is of independent pursuit. Once we are lead to believe freedom can be given, we embrace the loss of it. Freedom can be apparent to a slave, and to that of the highest social class. It's more of a matter of ones insight on self.

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daver(1771) Disputed
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The founders anticipated you. They intentionally and deliberately said that our rights were given to us by our creator, and that the Constitution made our government responsible for protecting those rights for us.

Side: wrong
T-I-M-E(13) Disputed
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what about the "rights," given to those who don't believe in such things as religion?

Side: right
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If you are referring to the US Constitution, it does not stop us from doing things. Its only purpose is to establish a federal government that protects our rights. The first bill passed by the new congress was to establish the "Bill of Rights". The US Constitution stops the federal government from doing things that infringe on our rights. We are free because of the Constitution.

Side: wrong
JustIgnoreMe(4290) Clarified
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Just a clarification - the "Bill of Rights" was not "the first bill passed by the new congress", they were separate proposed Constitutional Amendments (offered along with dozens more), which didn't pass Congress until September 25, 1789 and then had to be ratified by the states. When Virginia voted for ratification on December 15, 1791, enough states had agreed to ratify 10 of the 12 amendments passed by Congress and they became adopted March 1, 1792 upon certification of the results by the Secretary of State.

(First law dealt with taking oaths and was approved June 1, 1789- ref)

Side: right
daver(1771) Clarified
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Yeah well, I has kinda right about some of it, maybe.

Side: right
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The U.S. Constitution actually outlines the rights we have rather than constrain them. Instead, it stops the federal government from overstepping its bounds (though apparently it becomes less effective and acknowledged as time goes on).

In actuality, humankind has the ultimate freedom to do whatever it wants, even despite the existence of laws. But we are not free of the consequences of said freedom.

Side: wrong

It depends on who you mean by "us". There are some restrictions in the Constitution - the government is given the power to tax and spend, only the federal government can coin money, it tells us who is eligible for certain offices, rebellion is prohibited, etc., etc.

But, if enough of "us" want to change it, we can - so the restrictions are self-imposed.

As an individual, there would seem to be insurmountable restrictions; yet as a society we are "free" to decide for ourselves.

Also, as an individual you are free to leave and find some uninhabited island, etc.

Side: wrong

As alreadt mentioned, the constitution is meant to restrict our government and maintain some degree of freedom for the populace. And one can always leave the country if desired.

Side: wrong
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The U.S Constitution gives us a set of freedoms that the government cannot take from us. If we did not have the Constitution we would be living in a Communist country by now. The U.S Government would be able to do with us what they pleased.

Side: wrong