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The Bill of Rights

There are three types of operative clauses in the Bill of Rights. 1) Individual right – an unambiguous, unqualified right of the people 2) Individual civil right – a specification of process intended to protect individuals from government abuse of power 3) individual administrative right - Here are the first ten Amendments (sans 2 nd Amendment) and identification of each type of right next to the operative clause. Amendment I (1791) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion (individual right) , or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (individual right) ; or abridging the freedom of speech (individual right) , or of the press (individual right) ; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble (individual right) , and to petition the government for a redress of grievances (individual right) . (Amendment II, see below) Amendment III (1791) No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner (individual