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The Bill of Rights – A Fond Memory?

 

About the author: Becky is a conservative citizen activist who grew up in the 1980's Reagan era. During that time it was not unusual for American's to hear a great deal about the Cold War and to be concerned about the possibility of a nuclear war. When the Cold War ended, American entered an era of peace and prosperi ... [read 's FULL BIO]

What does it take to make even low information voters see that America is under attack? As scandal after scandal emerges from the current White House administration roughly half of the American populace expresses support for Obama, if the polls cited are to be believed. Rasmussen is reporting that 49% of likely voters approve of the job Obama is doing while the Huffington Post declares that Obama is holding steady despite controversies. If you think we are still basically sound as a nation, and that your freedoms are safely secured by our elected officials who swore an oath to defend them, you have not been watching the news.

The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. These are the foundational principles that protect our liberties. Throughout history a slew of elected officials have attempted to restrict us and infringe upon our rights. But I can think of no time since the Revolutionary War when we were so in danger of losing our beloved Republic in favor of tyrannical rule as we are now.

While the 1st amendment guarantees that 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, government has made every attempt to remove God from the public square. The Christian God offends them. They have no issue with what I would call the false gods. California city officials were happy to build a statue honoring an Aztec god, though the Aztecs practiced human sacrifice. Seems fitting in today’s culture, doesn’t it? And the National Endowment of the Arts, a taxpayer funded grant, has provided our money to supposed artists who revel in defiling the name and image of Jesus Christ. And the press is finally getting on board with this whole infringement of rights business now that the Justice Department has tapped into their phone records. How do you petition the government for a redress of grievances when they are committing them?

The second amendment is our means of defending the rest. 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. While “mass shootings” have been recorded since guns were invented, the current administration has used the horrific actions of an extreme minority (the number of lunatics who get their hands on guns and use them to commit mass murder) to promote the notion that we are in danger as long as Americans are allowed to own guns and that we need to take them away and allow the government to protect us. Isn’t that the wolf inviting himself into the sheep pen for dinner?

In light of the many reports we have seen lately about FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, and all of the equipment these agencies have amassed, supposedly to use in case of a national emergency, the fourth amendment appears to be under attack too. 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. Consider the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Much of New Orleans was under water and while rescue and relief efforts were under way, many people had to barricade themselves in their homes with what food and water they had and protect themselves from looters. So what do the authorities do? See this video on Youtube to get an idea. Defenseless: New Orleans ‘Gun Grab’ & Violation of Rights.

The fifth amendment also presents some interesting challenges to our elected officials. 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. On December 31, 2011, the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) was passed. A clause in this bill allows our very own government to detain Americans without due process. Say goodbye to the fifth amendment and hello to an unrestrained government. And how many of us have heard stories of the rampant misuse of eminent domain? All in the name of some ethereal notion of greater good. Isn’t the mayor doing a good thing by enticing big development into your area? So what if he has to force property owners off of their land with taxpayer monies that the owner neither wants nor thinks is a fair amount? Government can get away with anything.

The sixth amendment presents a problem for those who pursued Chris Dorner, and Anwar al-Awlaki, plus the three other Americans killed by drone since 2009, without a trial, speedy or otherwise. 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. While the feds tell us they are trying to protect Americans, they stood idly by and did nothing while Chris Dorner was pursued with prejudice. Yes, Dorner was likely guilty, but we will never know for sure now. And if they intended to give him his day in court why were they shooting first and asking questions later? Just ask the two ladies whose truck was riddled with bullets because the officials did not bother to ensure the truck that looked just like Dorner’s was actually occupied by Dorner. Shoot first, clean up later.

While I could cite cases of abuse regarding the rest of the Bill of Rights, I will leave it to you to look them up and ask yourself how they have been trampled on. By all appearances the Constitution is not worth the paper it is printed on these days. Yes, I know, other administrations have abused our rights in the past. But no administration before the current one has trampled the Constitution or the Bill or Rights so thoroughly or effectively, and no president before Obama seemed intent on destroying the very fabric of America. When you watch man-on-the-street interviews and listen to liberals talk about the benefits of socialism, when you hear people talk about why they voted for who they voted for, when you have a conversation and realize just how clueless so many Americans are about history, when you hear America called a Democracy instead of a Republic (a progressive tactic the left uses to indoctrinate the sheeple into forgetting history and to change our course), you begin to see that the winds of change are blowing cold.

Global warming has been debunked but we are still in for a long, cold winter. I will continue to pray for my beloved nation. If you are a praying person, please join me. We must find a way to protect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and our rich history. The alternative is too horrible to imagine. Just ask Russia.

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  • spyderdalton

    Does anyone find it strange that 99%ers are not in the streets protesting the loss of their freedoms? Where the hell did they go? Did the paychecks stop?

  • Robert S Moulds

    Oh don’t worry Barack Obama will be gone and Joe Biden can’t win the presidency so the bill of rights will their The new president better do better at preserving and defending the constitution than the last one on January 2017.

  • Paladin67

    Protecting Life, Liberty and Freedom
    The Declaration of Independence & Second Amendment

    As all should know, since the dawn of man, there have been
    evil people.

    These types of people have always existed and just seem to
    want to cause death and destruction.

    Call it a mental problem, maybe they weren’t told they were
    loved enough while they were growing up or being just plain evil.

    Most people have heard of the statement “fighting fire with
    fire”.
    It is a right vs.wrong world out there.
    Too many good people have come face to face with these “not so good”
    people and have had to protect themselves and/or family from them.

    When it all started, these good people may have only had to
    sticks or rocks to protect against sticks or rocks.

    As time progressed, it became spears, knifes, swords, etc…

    You see where I’m going with this. When guns were invented,
    the bad definitely used them and the good needed to be on an even keel to
    protect themselves.

    As laws increasingly regulated guns, the law abiding citizen
    had to jump through more hoops just to defend themselves. And with some of the
    unconstitutional laws being proposed these days, that will make it more and
    more difficult to protect ourselves from the evil people on even ground (I
    personally would like to have an advantage but I don’t see that coming any
    time soon).

    Now I know the criminal element have to go through the same
    checks to get the guns they carry…
    Oh wait, no they don’t…. they actually get a gun illegally, possibly through some other bonehead that should have had the gun locked up and known better, or just out and out buying it illegally on the street.

    The Declaration of Independence states (in small part):

    We hold these truths to
    be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are
    endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are
    Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights,
    Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the
    consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes
    destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish
    it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles
    and organizing its powers in such form, as
    to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    This portion may not reference specifically about the right
    to bear arms, but is does say that if Government becomes destructive to what is
    guaranteed, IE; safety and happiness amongst others, Americans have the right
    to remove it and institute a new one.

    The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that the
    right to bear arms “shall not be infringed”. If we, as Free Americans, choose
    to protect ours, No one, NO ONE can take that God given right away!

  • E DeCoucy
  • Becky Kress: “The second amendment is our means of defending the rest…”

    If this is true, American gun owners are in BIG trouble. Think about it: The Amendment that contains the language “shall not be infringed,” is the most infringed, licensed, and limited amendment of the entire twenty seven. And the day is probably coming when the Second Amendment will be repealed. This is the inherent nature and danger of optional rights versus non-optional God-expected responsibilities, like the one related to Timothy by the Apostle Paul:

    “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house [including spiritual and physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 timothy 5:8)

    For more, listen to “The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight” at bibleversusconstitution.com/#FeaturedMessages. You’ll find a radio interview Larry Pratt (Executive Director of Gun Owners of America) conducted with me on the same subject. I think you’ll find Mr. Pratt’s comments especially interesting.

    • You’ll get no argument from me. I fully support constitutional carry. Too many Americans don’t know how or are too fearful to fight for their rights so we lose more and more ground. It is because of the bible, among other things, that I consider myself more of a Libertarian than anything. Alas, government even has its grubby fingers in the churches. We could talk for days about all the things that ail this nation. It isn’t just one thing or a few things. I am ever hopeful though. Prayer helps.

      • Becky, thanks for responding. But, I think you missed the point. Optional rights, something the early 1600 Americans never promoted because they understood their inherent dangers, are part and parcel of what’s helped sell us down the river. For a better understanding of what I’m saying, see “Rights, Rights, Everyone Wants Their Rights” at constitutionmythbusters.org/rights-rights-everyone-wants-their-rights/.

        I hope you will also take the time to listen to “The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight,” which I preached at the March Springfield, Missouri Firearms and Freedom Symposium.

        • A well articulated article. For those of us who are Christians and believe the bible to be the inerrant word of God these are perfect answers. One question; How do you impose the law of God on unbelievers? Where does the bible instruct us to do so? Okay, that’s two questions.

          • Becky, thanks for your questions:

            First question: How do impose the law of God on unbelievers?

            Essentially, the same way any laws are imposed. When one understands that the principal means by which we keep the First Commandment is by observing Yahweh’s other moral laws (of course, under the New Covenant, through Christ as Lord and Savior, motivated by love) and that idolatry is not so much about statues as it is statutes, it becomes clear that all governments are theocratic, serving either the true God or some false god, demonstrated by what laws they keep and consider the supreme law of the land.

            Furthermore, all non-existent false gods (1Corinthians 8:4-6) always have been and always will represent we the people in one form or another.

            “…There is no escaping theocracy. A government’s laws reflect its morality, and the source of that morality (or, more often than not, immorality) is its god. It is never a question of theocracy or no theocracy, but whose theocracy. The American people, by way of their elected officials, are the source of the Constitutional Republic’s laws. Therefore, the Constitutional Republic’s god is WE THE PEOPLE.

            “People recoil at the idea of a theocracy’s morality being forced upon them, but because all governments are theocracies, someone’s morality is always being enforced. This is an inevitability of government. The question is which god, theocracy, laws, and morality will we choose to live under?…”

            For more, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” at bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt3.html.

            Second question: Where does the bible instruct us to do so?

            When understood correctly: The First Commandment, Romans 13:1-4 (verses 3-4 establish Paul was referring to God-ordained authorities, not merely renegade man-established powers), 1 Corinthians 6:1-6, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, etc.

          • Bruce Vain

            Ted, you are a self-promoting blowhard. Write your own columns dude, I see you everywhere. Why don’t you try selling Fuller brush or vacuums?

        • Ted, I have listened to your speech. If you will, please email me at armedamericanwoman@gmail.com.

      • T. Edward Price

        Becky, I enjoyed your article, as I usually do. It’s obvious you have a deep, abiding love for your (our) country. I appreciate that. The point Mr. Weiland is making concerns the difference between “rights” and “responsibilities”, or “obligations”. We have had the idea of “God-given, unalienable (or inalienable) rights” engrained in us for so long, that we are completely unaware that such a concept is actually a Humanistic tenet directly culled from the Age of Enlightenment, NOT the Christian Bible. It’s another perfect example of the adage, “if you tell the people a lie long enough…”, well, you get the point. Perhaps the 2nd Amendment offers the perfect opportunity to show the contrast between “rights” and “responsibilities”.

        ANYONE who places their hope in the 2nd Amendment is spiritually
        weak. The 2nd Amendment is nothing more than a governmental decree which,ostensibly, protects a “right”. That same “right” could
        easily cease to exist with the suitably hostile political landscape. It is not beyond imagination to believe that the 2nd Amendment could eventually be repealed. The Constitution provides the mechanism for it to happen, all hyperbole to the contrary notwithstanding. What then? Pinning one’s faith in the 2nd Amendment actually shows a lack of faith. The 2nd Amendment is predicated upon the concept of “rights”. One of the problems with right are that they are completely optional. ALL rights, by definition, ALWAYS contain the option whether or not to exercise said rights. If the 2nd Amendment is one’s guide, then one has the right whether or not to “bear arms”. Taken to the extreme, this means that one could choose the option NOT to defend
        one’s life with a firearm, EVEN if one has children. This is where the 2nd Amendment, as an article of faith, fails.

        On the other hand, if one is a Christian, one must take a careful look at the comparison between optional “rights”, and non-optional RESPONSIBILITIES. Whereas the faith of the 2nd Amendment allows
        one to opt-out of participation, the faith found in Scripture provides NO such opt-out clause. I t is the RESPONSIBILITY, not “right”, of ALL
        Christian men, to be armed, AND well-trained in the comfort of skill at arms, in order to be at the ready, if necessary, to protect and defend one’s self, family, community, and nation. We have suffered far too long, the influence of today’s pulpits, where one likely is to find nothing but weak-kneed, lily-livered, effeminate, namby-pamby, pusillanimous, cowardly, lying preachers, either unwilling, or unable, to tell the truth about Scriptural support for self-defense. Most of those who call themselves Christians are familiar with the phrase WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?). Unfortunately, when it comes to the subject of firearms, most don’t have a clue WDJS (What Did Jesus Say?). Do you know? The truth is, Christians were instructed to arm ourselves
        LONG before there was a 2nd Amendment:

        “And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to
        take it along,

        likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword (or 1911 .45ACP, or Glock 23, or Benelli 12 Gauge, or M4 Carbine, or Savage .338 Lapua) is to sell his coat and buy one.” (Luke 22:36)

        “Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry
        off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.” (Matthew 12:29)

        “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own homestead, his
        possessions are undisturbed.” (Luke 11:21)

        “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially
        for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

        This position on firearms ownership is based upon the Christian
        concept of non-optional, God-expected, or even God-MANDATED responsibilities, NOT optional “rights”. In other words, this is a WARNING to ALL Christian gun owners, especially Christian fathers, that it is their DUTY to be adequately armed and trained, REGARDLESS what ungodly firearms ban and confiscation “laws” this, or ANY government, tries to enact.

        If one chooses to put his faith in the 2nd Amendment, let him do so at his own risk. Ultimately, the 2nd Amendment WILL fail. It might not be during this generation, or even the one to come. But as do all man-made decrees, it will eventually cease to exist. When that does happen, Yahweh’s perfect, immutable law will still stand. That is why
        I put my faith in Him. And true Christian faith is NOT pacifist. It is
        PEACEFUL. There is a difference. Faith in the 2nd Amendment will prove to beunable to stop tyranny. Faith in Christ will topple kingdoms, and turn the world upside down. But we also know that “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26) This is the very essence of “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition”.

        • T. Edward, I agree with everything you have written. But let me be clear here; I believe we have a responsibility to be active participants in the political arena and to defend what we hold dear. I identify, politically, mostly as a Libertarian. I believe we all have certain rights, and that we all have responsibilities. The bible and prayer are my guides to what is right and wrong, irrespective of what any government says. Just because something is a law doesn’t mean it is good or right, or that we should follow it. Some things are just wrong. Right now, I work to defend the second amendment, identified as a “right”. Please don’t interpret that to mean that I have faith in governments or the works of man. My faith is well placed in the Most High. Meanwhile, I think your comment was longer than my article. 🙂

          • T. Edward Price

            Becky, I truly love that you seem to have your priorities in order.
            It takes courage to say that the Bible should ultimately trump bad government, and many of those who call themselves “patriots”, unfortunately lack that courage. You are to be commended.

            As a firearms instructor, I also love your involvement in shooting, and I’m delighted to see more and more women AND young girls, learning to shoot safely and accurately. As for as the length of my comment being a little “windy”, sorry about that. Apparently, one of our local universities has discovered that I am a valuable natural resource. It would appear that my rants are able to provide enough “hot air” to power their wind turbines!
            I very much look forward to your next article. Blessings

          • No worries about the length of your comments.

            I recently became a NRA Certified Instructor for Pistols myself. I have a son who loves to shoot too and for mothers day he took me to the range. My favorite firearm is my Springfield XD 40.

            I am all about getting the ladies involved and shooting, and participating in their own defense.

          • T. Edward Price

            What a great Mother’s Day gift! XD40? I’m impressed. Absolutely a great gun. My wife tried the .40, but it was just a little too much for her. God bless your efforts as an instructor. We need to convince a lot more women that they don’t always have to be helpless victims.

  • Bruce Vain

    Great column. Great but sad with a dash of tragic!