The Irony of the Fifth

The full text of the fifth amendment reads:

 

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

 

Usually, as in the video above, the part about not having to witness against yourself is invoked, but Rand is all up on the right of American citizens to a trial by jury, not just willy nilly execution.

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Nathan Stringer

Nathan is currently earning his master's in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation at the London School of Economics. He previously studied modern history and creative writing at Pepperdine University.

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