The Bill of Rights is the most important document in our nation.

Right?

I mean you’ve got the first amendment, which we all know gives us the freedom of speech. Then, how could we forget, the second amendment- the right to bear arms.

And for most people, that is all they really know. You have the occasional person who can cite the fifth amendment, our right to a fair and speedy trial. But how many of us really know our rights?

A 2017 poll conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center found that 37 of people could not identify ANY of the five rights protected by the first amendment. Additionally, the survey found that a whopping 33 percent of participants were unable to name ONE of the three branches of government. (Executive, legislative, and judicial, come on guys this is elementary level civics).

These numbers are sad- but they are also scary. How can we protect and preserve the Constitution if 37 percent of Americans do not even know the first amendment? If we want to reap the benefits of living in this great nation- we must fulfill our civic duty. That civic duty goes beyond voting and serving on a jury- part of that duty is being an informed citizen. Because the truth is, if ANY one of your rights is a mystery, it ceases to exist.

Madison Adams

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