Sunday, August 1, 2010

Why the Bill of Rights makes us unsafe and unfree

As I promised yesterday, here is my explanation of how the first ten amendments are destroying America.

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.

The representative body has no ability to regulate religion, but the lone individual chosen by special interests, also known as the President, does? This hasn't been too much of a problem when we've had honest Christian presidents, but now that there's a Muslim in office, what is he up to? Freedom of speech is all well and good, except in the many times that it is abused by our enemies. Press, well that's an obvious danger, at least in retrospect, given the many years of liberal propaganda spread by 'journalists'. As for assembly, I see no good use for adopting the tactics of the unemployed and lazy who have nothing better to do than protest the hand that feeds them. While our many rallies might appear to be useful, in reality they only imitate the enemy.

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.

I believe gun control should be handled locally. In other words, let the fear-mongering liberals throw away all their guns and suffer the effects, while those with the sense to protect themselves can be safe and prosper.

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.

I would support this amendment under two conditions: first by being part of the actual Constitution and second by removing the obvious loophole of "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.

Obvious excessive law, considering that theft and trespassing are illegal anyway.

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.

Translation: coddling known criminals in blankets of bureaucratic red tape.

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.

See: V

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.

Why does the government get to decide the amount? And how do they evaluate that anyway? That's blatant interference with the free market.

Amendment VIII

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

See: V

Amendment IX

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

An obvious lie when rephrased to make some sense: "this gives rights but doesn't take any away." Yea, except the personal safety needed to exercise our rights, which by the way, come from God, not a piece of paper scribbled on by English traitors.

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.

This is the only worthwhile amendment, but I wonder why it didn't get into the true document.

Save the Constitution. Save America. Also Australia if you have some spare time.

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