The Bill of Rights – A Fond Memory?
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.