Amendments to the U.S. Constitution List (All 27)

List of Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

George Washington presiding over the signing of the Constitution in 1789George Washington presiding over the signing of the Constitution in 1789By: Howard Chandler Christy

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  • When the Senate Intelligence Committee passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 14 to 1, committee chairman Senator Richard Burr argued that it successfully balanced security and privacy.
  • What should happen if someone threatens to kill you on social media? Are they protected by the First Amendment right guaranteeing the right to freedom of speech, or are they breaking the law? We will soon know now the answer after the Supreme Court rules on a case that may have far reaching ramifications well beyond the single case they are hearing.
  • What is it about a United States citizen exercising their greatest Constitutionally mandated right that scares so many Republicans? It's a question that should bother everyone on both sides of the aisle because voting is not a Republican or Democratic right, but is a right for every legal citizen in this country.
  • Six million disenfranchised citizens; voter identification laws that disproportionally affect minorities and the poor; moving polling stations, reducing early voting days, and canceling Sunday voting altogether. Welcome to the Jim Crow of the 21st Century. It's less sexy than the racist laws of the 20th Century, but it's just as dangerous.
  • Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "Safe Carry Protection Act" into state law on 4/23/2014. This law is being dubbed the "guns everywhere" bill by its critics. Here are the in's and out's of this incredibly controversial law, that goes into effect on July 1st.
  • April 15th is a day that elicits a strong emotion in many of us Americans. While millions of Americans have already filed their Federal Income taxes, there are always millions more procrastinators out there who wait until the final minute to submit their paperwork. Everyone has their own reasons for doing their taxes when they do them.
  • On Tuesday Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on what has become to be known as "The Hobby Lobby" case. I may be accused of being too hyperbolic, but I believe this case has the potential to redefine the concept of religious freedom for years to come.
  • The Saint Patrick's Day parade is a big deal in New York City. The parade has been running annually each and every year, dating all the way back to the early days of 1762. Every year on March 17th, the city holds the parade that has come to expect an audience of roughly a million spectators and a few hundred thousand participants. Also of note, the parade is privately run.

AmendmentDescription
Bill of Rights325368
1st AmendmentFreedom of Speech, Religion & Press16717
Establishment ClauseCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion00
Free Exercise ClauseCongress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof [religion]...00
2nd AmendmentRight to bear arms2983117
3rd AmendmentProhibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time12
4th AmendmentProhibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based o...379
5th AmendmentSets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process,...57
6th AmendmentProtects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified...72
7th AmendmentProvides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law12
8th AmendmentProhibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment16
9th AmendmentProtects rights not enumerated in the constitution.22
10th AmendmentLimits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution103
11th AmendmentImmunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the stat...10
12th AmendmentRevises presidential election procedures11
Reconstruction AmendmentsThirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, adopted betwee...9612
13th AmendmentAbolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime142
14th AmendmentDefines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equ...738
15th AmendmentProhibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude91
16th AmendmentAllows the federal government to collect income tax61
17th AmendmentEstablishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote11
18th AmendmentProhibition of Alcohol277
19th AmendmentEstablishes women's suffrage right to vote71
20th AmendmentFixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20); kno...10
21st AmendmentRepeals the Eighteenth Amendment272
22nd AmendmentLimits the president to two terms, or a maximum of 10 years131
23rd AmendmentProvides for representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral College00
24th AmendmentProhibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes131
25th AmendmentCodifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession200
26th AmendmentEstablishes the official voting age to be 18 years old11
27th AmendmentPrevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next se...20
  • We are the only country in which guns outnumber people — a fact that came true in 2009. Yet, we keep manufacturing more and more guns.
  • Jan 07 2016
    The Second Amendment: Original Intent
    “If every private citizen had the right to carry a musket, a thousand people would've shot Patrick Henry by now, am I right?”
  • President Obama said a lot about guns in his teary press conference Tuesday, but the one thing that he is not saying, despite all the howling from the right, is that he intends to take away Americans’ guns. Yet equally significant is the realization that individual citizens are unwilling to free themselves of the destructive weapons that are wreaking havoc on our society. Numerous Americans care more about their individual freedoms than our collective freedoms, and they are unable to see how these individualistic desires undermine the essential fabric of a democracy.
  • For most of the last two centuries, Europeans have been puzzling over their American cousins’ totemic obsession with guns and their passion for concealed weapons. And back in the decades before the American Civil War, several British visitors to American shores thought they’d discerned an important connection: people who owned slaves or lived among them wanted to carry guns to keep the blacks intimidated and docile, but often shot each other, too.
  • Everyone knows Bernie Sanders is a liberal. But there's one issue the self-described "democratic socialist" isn't so liberal on: guns. Now, Sanders isn't — as some people have described him — a "gun nut," but he does have a mixed voting record on gun policy. As a former representative and now senator of the very liberal Vermont, Sanders has swung to the left on many issues, particularly the economy and health care. But guns are one issue his rural state, with its relatively high levels of gun ownership, is moderate on — since so many residents use firearms for hunting and sport.
  • Last week, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma admitted that her state had misled the United States Supreme Court. In a brief statement issued hours before the scheduled execution of Richard Glossip, Fallin said that she was granting him a 37-day stay “due to the Department of Corrections having received potassium acetate as drug number three for the three-drug protocol.” The state last spring assured the Supreme Court that it stood ready to execute Glossip with a three-drug cocktail consisting of “midazolam, followed by vecuronium or recuronium bromide, then potassium chloride” a different drug with different effects.
  • Last Friday, the powerful United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision evaluating the constitutionality of a ten-part gun control law. Two of the three judges upheld six parts of the law while a dissenting judge would have upheld all ten. The most important provision that was struck down limited the number of handguns a resident could register to one per month. The judges basically held that the Second Amendment cannot tolerate any limitation on the number of firearms Americans are allowed to possess.
  • Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has no idea why the 14th Amendment happened. Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved that the Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford decision, which denied citizenship to black Americans, is still the "law of the land" — in an attempt to show that it's okay for people to ignore Supreme Court rulings (particularly the June marriage equality decision) that they disagree with. "Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land, which says that black people aren't fully human," he said. "Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?"

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