First Published 10-15-10
On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the united States of the Americas was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitution is the supreme law of this land. Some states, during the ratification phase, refused to sign on until the Constitution was amended to contain a Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights originally consisted of twelve amendments. Only ten of the amendments were made permanent to become what we know today to be our Bill of Rights.
The First Amendment states, “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”.
So, some 230 years later, how is the First Amendment faring? In the area of religion, we have seen the rise of the 501(c)3 church and in the past six years we have seen the formation of the clergy response teams. The clergy response teams are individual clergymen chosen by our government specifically for the reason of administering religion to us in times of crisis. They have been directed to convince their flocks to follow the direction of the government during crisis without question. Those clergymen who have denounced the clergy response teams have been harassed by the government using their 501(c)3 tax exempt status as a tool of coercion. How about freedom of speech? The Cyber Bullying Act would make it a jailable offense to use online speech to hurt another person’s feelings. What about the press? Well, you do not really have to suppress that which is controlled. How about the right of the people to peaceably assemble? It is now become the norm for groups protesting against government representatives or actions to be forced to hold protests inside of fenced areas as far as two miles away from any politician or event they wish to protest.
The Second Amendment states, “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.”
It was the freeman militias from every county and state that were organized to create the Continental Army whose members fought and died to give us our freedoms and liberties. Rather than being enshrined and honored, the freeman militia today is demonized by the government it created. By law every adult male between the ages of 18 and 45 is automatically a member of the militia. So by our government’s reckoning every person falling into that category is to be considered a right wing terrorist. As to the absolute right to bear arms we have the 1938 Federal Firearms Act and the 1968 Gun Control Act. These are two laws our fathers and grandfathers should never have allowed. Now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed onto an international small arms ban treaty that is sitting over in the Senate waiting for a dark night when no one is looking in order that four or five Senators can form a quorum and make it law. This will result in a war between the government (who will use NORTHCOM which has been watered down with foreign troops) and the militia. I guess our founding fathers just were not serious about this one.
The Third Amendment states, “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.”
As it has become common for American soldiers to assist law enforcement in basically every aspect, in violation of not only the Third Amendment but also the Posse Comitatus Act, I guess we can scratch the Third Amendment off the list.
The Fourth Amendment states, “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.”
This is nullified by the Patriot Act.
The Fifth Amendment states, “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.”
This is nullified by the Patriot Act.
The Sixth Amendment states, “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 defense.”
This is nullified by the Patriot Act.
The Seventh Amendment states, “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.”
This amendment is made null and void by the capture of our courts by the corporations. Our courts no longer operate under a system of Common Law, as it has been replaced by Roman Civil Law, which is met out through a jurisdiction of admiralty, which, under our Constitution, was only supposed to affect international commerce and military personnel, as in a court martial.
The Eighth Amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
I guess the matter of excessive bail would depend on the size of one’s bank account, though I know that in most instances the poor sit in jail awaiting trial. As for cruel and unusual punishments, well I think enhanced interrogation (torture) would be considered by most of us to be just a tidbit cruel and unusual.
The Ninth Amendment states, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
The Commerce Clause is being used more and more to violate every right of the people.
The Tenth Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, or to the people.”
Again, the federal government is claiming total power over the states and the people citing the Commerce Clause.
People, considering the obvious dismantling of our Bill of Rights, we must face the reality of the dire straits we are facing. President Obama promised to repeal the Patriot Act if he was elected. He not only did not repeal it, but took measures to strengthen its power over us. This one act should be enough for any American to identify him as the diabolical threat he is. He stated when running for president, that he was well studied in our Constitution, therefore reason and logic dictates that he is deliberately, with malice and forethought, doing everything in his power to complete the destruction of our most sacred law. If we as a people ever wish to be free again, we have no choice other than to stand up and, if necessary, sacrifice our lives to reinstate the Constitution as the supreme law of our land.
The next time one of you dimwitted democrats are standing in a crowd shouting, “Yes we can”, please take just a moment to ask the question, “Yes we can, what?” The last time you shouted, “Yes we can” in unison with Obama, he was elected president. In the two years that have passed since then, the majority of you have had to admit that he lied to you, and yet , here you are again, back in line yelling, “Yes we can” and preparing to vote away more of my rights.
I tell each and every one of you, Republicrats and Demopublicans alike, that one day soon you are going to have to answer up to your fellow citizens whom you have betrayed with your ignorance and stupidity. God bless the Republic.
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