September 16, 2021

A Constitution Minute No. 1

(Franklin, GA) — September will bring us the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America.

We have been hearing the Constitution mentioned by many politicians and news reporters quite often recently as we approach another election year.

We should all take time to re-read our Constitution and think about just what it means to us.

Our Constitution, the cornerstone of our freedoms, was written to protect every American from the abuse of power by government.

The Fifth Amendment states that “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” and it protects us from double jeopardy and incrimination.

However, the phrases “innocent until proven guilty” and “presumption of innocence” are not found in the 5th amendment nor in any part of the Constitution.

These phrases are derived from English law and are part of our system and considered common law today.

Know your Constitution, know your rights, and know what it says and does not say.

This Constitution Minute was provided by the James Stewart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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