When a stranger to a small town is beaten up by a locals, upright residents gather, inexplicably, against their will to the town hall. Once assembled, they find they can't leave and time has stopped. All talk about the stranger, (also present). Some express rage for his views and reveal their misguided ideas of American patriotism, which are really prejudices against freedom of thought and free speech.
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As the townspeople try to recall specific measures from the Bill of Rights, they leap from the First Amendment to the Fourth before going back to the First. In the order they are mentioned: Freedom of speech, press and religion (First Amendment), protection from unreasonable search and seizure (Fourth), freedom of assembly (First), just compensation (Fifth), due process (Fifth), self-incrimination (Fifth), double jeopardy (Fifth), right to face accuser (Sixth), to be informed of charges (Sixth), to have legal counsel (Sixth), trial by jury (Sixth and Seventh), no excessive bail or fines (Eighth), no cruel or unusual punishment (Eighth). Not all amendments and their key rights are covered: The right to keep and bear arms (Second), protection from quartering troops (Third), protection of rights not enumerated in the Constitution (Ninth), retention of power by the states and people (Tenth). See more
Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov See more