Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Bill of Rights

I know in an age of such advancements in industry and technology, we may find seperation pyschologically from our primal tendencies and predispositions. Words like "tyranny", "oppression", and especially "slavery", seem so archaic and chronilogically foreign to us, especially in America.

What we must accomplish, what I hope to achieve, is to awaken this nation of free people, to the realization that these words used over 200 years ago by our founders, were used to describe the very same events and actions carried out by their government, as we are seeing today. No exaggerations, no dramatic magnification. The same, exact degree of tyranny is upon us, as what sparked the greatest revolution in recorded history. And most of us don't even see it.

I would like to start by drawing attention to the Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights. It is absolutely imperitive in assessing the state of our union, that we understand at the basic principle level, why we have certain constitutional guidelines laid out by our founders, and why each of these guidelines must be guarded and followed without question or exception.

Forgive the simplicity, but that's actually the point here.

Our founding fathers were men of strong belief and knowledge, who saw both wrong and right in the world. They believed in inherent human rights, unalienable by any man or government. In other words, it is no man's right to take your life, your property, or your opinion. What they saw, was that a great many of these rights had been disregarded by the monarchy, and when they had enough, they revolted.

Have you ever considered the conditions of life in 1770 colonial America? Probably not much different from our lives, relatively speaking. You see, tyranny doesn't have to be Hitler-esque rampant slaughter of our own neighbors and friends by the millions. It simply means removing the rights which no government has the right to remove. The fathers had clarity of vision to see the wrong here, and acted.

Out of the revolution was born the Constitution, and the first 10 amendments we know as the Bill of Rights reflected exactly the things our fathers saw as the major problems which resulted in our revolution. This is why the Bill of Rights is not only an outline of who we are, but it is also a barometer for the presence of tyranny. If you can go down the Bill of Rights line by line, and observe that each right is no longer inherently present, but exists as a privilege at best... Well, Houston, we have a problem.

So, two things we must do right here, and right now:

1) Understand that our founding fathers didn't just put together a nifty set of ideas that we might consider looking into as a platform for government. These were clear cut reflections of what caused the revolution, and were intended to be defended viciously by all freedom-loving Americans.

2) Take off the intellectual blinders that have been built slowly around us by the enemy establishment. Life seems better than ever with iPhones, iMacs, shopping malls, sports cars, lake houses, and plasma TV's spewing celebrity gossip 24/7. We have to realize that these things are meant to act as a distraction from what is taking place behind the curtain. And when they have all their pieces in place (and that day is VERY NEAR), you'll wake up and find your comoforts and conveniences destroyed, discontinued, outlawed, or taxed beyond practical grasp.

In other words, realize that life may be great today, but if we don't fix some things immediately, the world as we know it will not exist tomorrow.


The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."


Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Amendment V

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 offence 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.


Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.


Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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