Bill Of Rights [First 10 Amendments]
Webster’s New Word Dictionary Of The English Language, College Edition, 1962
Civility: 1. courtesy, politeness, consideration. 2. A polite act or utterance.
Barry Farber is a Jewish talk show host. A number of years ago, while traveling home from work, I would listen to the wisdom that came through the daily broadcasts of Barry Farber. One of the most memorable subjects that I ever heard him, or anyone else say, dealt with “civility.” He discussed the importance of a society being one of civility. Most people appreciate the things of “Culture – Beauty – Arts – Technology.” But it is important for people to live in civilized society, so that they may enjoy the things of life that relate to “C-B-A-T,” whether they are related to employment or hobby.
The nation of Russia is very rich in culture, from past to present. Yet, Russians have an oppressive government which prevents its citizenry from experiencing the benefits of their long time cultural history. Check out the follow info.
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Russian culture has a long history. Russia can claim a long tradition of dividend in many aspects of the arts, especially when it comes to literature and philosophy, classical music and ballet, architecture and painting, cinema and animation and politics, which all had considerable influence on world culture. The country also has a flavorful material culture and a tradition in technology.
Russian culture grew from that of the East Slavs, with their pagan beliefs and specific way of life in the wooded areas of far Eastern Europe. Early Russian culture was much influenced by neighbouring Finno-Ugric tribes and by the nomadicpeoples of the Pontic steppe (mainly of Kipchak and Iranic origin). In the late 1st millennium AD the Varangians(supposedly Scandinavian Vikings), also took part in the forming of Russian identity and the Kievan Rus’ state. Orthodox Christian missionaries began arriving from the Eastern Roman Empire in the 9th century, and Kievan Rus’ converted to Orthodox Christianity in 988. This largely defined the Russian culture of the next millennium as the synthesis of Slavicand Byzantine cultures. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Russia remained the largest Orthodox nation in the world and claimed succession to the Byzantine legacy in the form of the Third Rome idea. At different points in its history, the country was also strongly influenced by the culture of Western Europe. Since the reforms of Peter the Great, for two centuries Russian culture largely developed in the general context of European culture rather than pursuing its own unique ways. The situation changed in the 20th century, when the Communist ideology became a major factor in the culture of the Soviet Union, where Russia, in the form of the Russian SFSR, was the largest and leading part.
Nowadays, Russian cultural heritage is ranked seventh in the Nation Brands Index, based on interviews of some 20,000 people mainly from Western countries and the Far East. Due to the relatively late involvement of Russia in modern globalization and international tourism, many aspects of Russian culture, like Russian jokes and Russian art, remain largely unknown to foreigners.
The nation of Germany also has a rich cultural history. But, because of the oppressive government of Adolph Hitler, the nation was brought to a state of shambles at the end of World War II. Check out the following info.
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German culture has spanned the entire German-speaking world. From its roots, culture in Germany has been shaped by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular. Historically Germany has been called Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the country of poets and thinkers).
There are a number of public holidays in Germany. The country is particularly known for its traditional Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, its carnival culture and globally influential Christmas customs known as Weihnachten. 3 October has been the national day of Germany since 1990, celebrated as the German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit). The UNESCO inscribed 38 properties in Germany on the World Heritage List.
Germany is the world’s second most respected nation among 50 countries in 2013. A global opinion poll for the BBC revealed that Germany is recognized for having the most positive influence in the world in 2011, 2013, and 2014.
In order for any nation to remain free from government overreach and oppression, the government must be held in check by its own constitution. The citizenry of every free nation must also hold its elected leaders in check, through the election processes, so that its freedoms of life remain may in tact. But, in order for the people of a nation to make informed choices in elections, they must also be “informed,” of the events of their nation. Therefore, the term, “informed electorate,” has been coined.
The first amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees a free press, which has such a freedom to keep citizens informed of the actions of its government.
First Amendment to the Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Notice that the constitution protects the rights of the people from the government. A “wall of separation,” between the government and its citizens, has been established by the Bill Of Rights. The purpose of the wall is to keep the government from crossing over, and into, the rights of citizens. In other words, the Bill of Rights protects the citizenry from the government. The constitution states that the government gains its power from the people. If you take the first amendment apart, it is easy to see that the people are protected from the government by the constitution.
Even with the press being free to report the news of the government, the press has also been known to report “opinion as fact,” which is not news. Therefore, citizens must also be involved in informing other citizens of facts of the actions of the government.
Opinion, or oppression, can rob a citizenry of its access to matters of “culture, beauty, the arts, and technology.” Therefore, if an event arises that may threaten our nation’s constitutional freedoms, a blog post may be published to address that situation. Other educational posts may also be published. Opinions are always welcomed, and comments to posts are always moderated. Therefore, if anyone wants a comment to not be made public, please make that request known in the comment.