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Defining. Limiting, and Protecting

by Kate98

Defining, Limiting, and Protecting
	"I, Anthony Avery Pursel, do solemnly swear that I will support and 
defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
domestic…” These were the words that Army Cpl. Pursel
uttered when he enlisted in April of 2006. A little over a year later
on May 6, 2007 he was dead. He paid the ultimate price when a
homemade bomb exploded near his vehicle. He was only 19 that day.
What did he give his life for? What was the reason he found himself
in such a situation? The oath he took states that he was there to
defend our constitution. He died because he believed in our
constitution, but that begs a very important question. Is the
Constitution still relevant today? I would submit to you that it is.
It continues to serve our country in a real sense even in this
	The Constitution defines and limits the government’s control as it was
established to do. The government cannot have too much power. The
Constitution describes what responsibilities those in power have. It
assures that they are accountable for the decisions they make
regarding our country. Our leaders are held by its guidelines. No
person or branch of government may overstep the boundaries that are
provided by the Constitution. They are not allowed to take more power
than already granted to them. The Constitution is the highest law in
the land. Certain laws may not be put in place because our
constitution prohibits it. The Constitution holds our government in
its proper place even after many years. 
	The Constitution still protects the rights of our people as it was intended to do. No
one can take away the rights and freedoms which it supplies. It
allows us to be ourselves. We are allowed to share our opinions, do
what we want, and maintain our privacy. Even if our opinion is
unpopular, we may talk without fear of being arrested or punished by
the government. If we do not agree with something, we can speak up
and make people aware of it. The government cannot punish us for
having an opinion that differs from their own.  The Constitution
grants us the right to live our lives as we see fit. We may worship
what we want in the way we desire. We may go and do what we wish at
	The Constitution defends our privacy. Our government cannot
invade our privacy. We do not have to tell them about everything we
do. They cannot take something from us because they wish to do so.
Our opinions and privacy are protected by the Constitution, and it
also permits us to do what we desire with our lives. Our constitution
continues to preserve our basic rights.
	Is the Constitution still relevant to my generation? Does it still matter? Is it
affecting our lives? Did Army Cpl. Pursel die in vain? Did he fulfill
his oath? I submit to you that he did. He was protecting something
that is still relevant even in this day. The Constitution is relevant
to my generation because it does what it was designed to do. It
limits and defines our government. It protects the rights of the
people in our country. It continues to affect us today as much as it
has in the past. Without our constitution there would be no United
States of America for this generation to enjoy. The Constitution
still does what it was created to do. It continues to be relevant to
the people of our country today.

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Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:35 am
niteowl wrote a review...

Hi there Kate and welcome to YWS! Nite here to review for the Flaming Keys!

So I'll admit that I don't understand the exact rules of this speech contest, but I think it was well structured. The example in the beginning was attention-grabbing. Your main points are also pretty clear.

However, the middle of this seems a bit vague. Especially in the wake of the recent revelations about the NSA, the idea that the government protects our privacy feels really weak. A lot of people would also argue that the war Cpl. Purcel gave his life for was not constitutionally sanctioned. Of course, there's a lot of messy politics involved in all that that might not appeal to the contest judges, so I don't blame you for not touching that.

You could however, give more specific examples, like comparing to another country that doesn't have the same freedoms we enjoy. This would strengthen the argument.

Another thing you could do is refute the counterargument. This is a key part of an advanced persuasive essay. Basically, pick a counterargument (not a straw man) and present evidence that weakens it.

Overall, this is a good basic persuasive speech. It would be nice to have specific examples in the body to match your compelling opening/closing. Keep writing! :)

Kate98 says...

Thank you for the review! I wrote this last year so I realize the paragraph on privacy is not quite relevant anymore. I quite like you suggestions. After NaNoWriMo I will come back and change a few things. Thanks again!

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Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:50 am
yubbies21 wrote a review...

Hello! Oh, an Article! I haven't done one of those before! Why not?

You have a very strong beginning, a real attention getter! I was confused for a second, but it all made sense by the end of the next sentence! The entire introduction paragraph you wrote really started my mind, I had to stop and think for a while. Even though I don't live in the states, I had to question and ponder that for a while.

The title really shows exactly what you were talking about! It is creative, simple, and to the point!

I really loved this, even though I had to research a bit to understand it fully. I didn't know some of the American context because I live in Canada, but I learned a lot. I wish I could have heard you give the speech, it must have been even more amazing then, to hear someone say it in front of a crowd of people. Wow!

This was amazing, and I learned alot! Thank-you for enlightening me!

Happy Review Day!


yubbies21 says...

Oh dear. I didn't mark it as a review...going to message a mod now...

niteowl says...

Done! :)

Kate98 says...

Thank you so much for the kind, encouraging review!

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Sylar says...

I'm going to review this on Saturday

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Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:22 am
emjayc says...

Great speech :) I wish I could have heard you when you gave it!

Kate98 says...

Thank you! I was very nervous when I had to give it :)

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