What do you think is the most important and indispensable right of a citizen under the Constitution? (A Question from the Law Review Application Exam)
I would like to believe that the most important and indispensable right of a citizen under the Constitution is the right to life for without it there is nothing to speak of. Then I come to the thinking, what is life without liberty? A slave, while living, is dead.
It is therefore the right to liberty, I thought. Then came the question: what is a free life without having to own anything? The pauper, the beggar…they have a free life. But while their soul may be blessed, they are damned. They are suffering the wrath of hell while they are still on earth.
Is is therefore the right to property? Rich men are free and they can own anything they want. But what if they die?
The fundamental rights under the Constitution are interrelated and interdependent. Deprive a man any of these rights and you give him a life he would rather loose. While begging grammatical acceptance since the superlative most can only refer to one, each right is the most important and the most indispensable.