With Independence Day fast approaching, Judge Napolitano, the youngest Superior Court judge of New Jersey, wants to remind readers just how important it is to recognize and understand the true importance of freedom in America. Known as the “land of the free,” civilians enter each day with a tremendous amount of freedom without even realizing it. Compared to other countries around the world, American civilians do not always seem to comprehend how lucky they are and how blessed they should feel to live in a place that provides such freedoms. Napolitano hopes that this article will open readers’ eyes to how fortunate American citizens are.
As a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Napolitano has spent a good portion of his life dedicated to studying the laws and civilian freedoms that the United States is built upon. As a Superior Court judge, he presided over 150 jury trials along with thousands of hearings, motions, and sentencings. Once concluding that career path, he taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School and Seton Hall Law School.
Judge Napolitano is currently a Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst and has been one since 1988. He is famously known for speaking out on government interference in regards to personal liberty and economic opportunity. He lectures on a national scale about the U.S. Constitution and is considered a “champion” for speaking out on personal freedom. He has been published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and is extremely passionate about people understanding their freedoms and how to properly exercise them.
When trying to understand the various rights and freedoms American citizens are entitled to, one must also recognize how other countries operate in comparison. Below are some examples of freedoms and rights American citizens have and should not take for granted:
- The Right to a Fair Trial
When accused of a crime in the U.S every individual has a right to a fair trial. This provides a person to prove their case if they are falsely accused and fight to regain their freedom. In other countries, that is not always the case, and individuals do not have the right to plead their case to a jury before their fate is decided.
- Freedom of Religion
In the United States, people are free to practice any religion of their choosing. In other countries, such as France, it is illegal to wear a religious face covering. American citizens do not have such restrictions and may believe in whatever religion they choose to follow.
- The Right to Vote
This is arguably the most valuable right of them all. To be given the opportunity to participate in the U.S. government and share a voice on how you believe the country should run is a wonderful right to have. In other countries, women are not allowed to vote. American citizens are truly blessed to exercise the rights that they are provided with.
- The Freedom to Look Up Information
Unlike countries like China, American citizens have the right to enjoy researching on the internet on a much broader scale. Usage is for the most part unmonitored and people get to experience the maximum level of technology.
These are just a few of the many examples of freedoms and rights that Americans have access to. Judge Napolitano is hopeful that readers have a better understanding of just how important American freedoms are and how it provides citizens with the opportunities to be successful and fulfilled. He will continue to speak out and fight for civilians to have those rights maintained and not obstructed in any way by the government. America was built on freedom and Napolitano is passionate about it remaining that way.