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In Another Sense, No Wherever the Constitution or the Bill of Rights defines a right that people are to have, either it grants that right to “persons” or “citizens,” not to “men,” or it makes no mention at all of people or gender. ” [Art. IV, sec. ” [Art. III, sec. ” [Art. I, sec. 9] • “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. . ” [Amend. IV] • “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury .

Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; . . nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. . ” [Amend. V] • “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury. . ” [Amend. VI] Moreover, when the qualifications for elective office are stated, the word person, not man, is used: • “No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty-five years.

Some leaders, such as James Madison, wanted to give to the national government the right to veto actions of state legislatures, while other leaders wanted the states to yield only a few limited powers to the national government. These were tough questions, but unlike government meetings held today, the Philadelphia convention was small in size, met in secret, and issued no press releases and supplied no media leaks. Americans are proud of the Constitution that was produced. But they should remember that it was the result not of wise philosophers discussing large principles but of a happy accident: it was written in secret by a small number of practical men who met at a time when most people realized that they needed a new government.

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