Education on the Constitution and Bill Of Rights - What Do You Know?
Give me Liberty or Give me Death
This is a great place to learn more about the United States Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. It's your choice to educate yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors and everyone you can about this subject. As our rights are being washed away with each passing day of a corrupt government who wants to make slaves out of we the people, We The People must educate ourselves and our children on what our founding Fathers laid out in the Constitution and Bill of Rights to keep the check and balances in place. WE THE PEOPLE in 2015 are like being on a Bridge Over Troubled Water with a Big Storm brewing and ready to burst open. Educate yourself now and Keep our government under check before the storm breaks open and washes your rights away. Wonder why I started this with "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death". Go on down in the lens and read the Declaration of Independence and then right under it Power of We The People and read it in depth. Above all please educate yourself, your children, family, friends, neighbors and community on this subject. Be sure to leave a comment and share this on Facebook, Tweet it, Plus one it and a Thumbs Up would be appreciated.
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Preamble to the "Bill of Rights"
Today, it's generally forgotten that when the "Bill of Rights" was ratified in A.D. 1781, that it included a "preamble" from Congress that explained fundamental purposes for those first ten Amendments.
Understanding these fundamental purposes is important since those purposes constitute evidence of the intent of the Amendments/law. The law is the legislators' intent. In the case of the Constitution and Amendments, the "legislators" are We the People. The preamble to the "Bill of Rights" explains the People's/sovereign's intent behind the Bill of Rights and thus explains the fundamental "law" of those Amendments.
For example, once you understand this "preamble," you'll see that the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms was intended to protect the people of the several States of the Union-but not against invasion by foreign enemies-but rather, from despotism imposed by our own federal government.
If you google "Bill of Rights preamble" you'll find several sources for this document.
Here's part of the Preamble's text:
The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution as Ratified by the States December 15, 1791
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 insure 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.
The previous "preamble" is then followed by the first ten Amendments ("Bill of Rights").
The fundamental "purposes" for the Bill of Rights is seen in the first paragraph/sentence of the Preamble:
"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 insure the beneficent ends of its institution."
Fifty-nine words. One sentence. Let's take it apart, piece by piece:
• First, who caused the Bill of Rights to be added?
A: "THE Conventions of a number of States".
Note that these "conventions" were not state legislatures, but were instead private "assemblies" of the People of the various States of the Union. These "conventions" took place to ratify the Constitution in A.D. 1787 & 1788.
The Constitution was ratified by the People, not by the State governments. That tells us that the People were the sovereigns (plural), not the governments of the States of the Union. In essence, the People/sovereigns agreed to ratify the Constitution on condition that a Bill of Right would subsequently be added. (It might be argued that if there's no Bill of Rights, then there's no Constitution.)
The Constitution is the "People's law". Statutes are the "government's law". The government's law is intended to be of lower authority than the People's law.
• Second, why did the People "desire" these first ten Amendments?
A: "[T]o prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers."
What does the preamble mean by "its powers"? It means the powers of the newly-ratified Constitution.
Who could misconstrue or abuse the powers of the newly-ratified Constitution? The States of the Union? No. The counties? No. Foreign countries like England, Canada or France? No.
Insofar as the federal government is the only entity with access to the powers of the Constitution, the only entity that might able to "misconstrue or abuse" the newly-granted powers of the Constitution would be the federal government.
Thus, the fundamental purpose of the Bill of Rights was to protect the States of the Union and the People of the States of the Union from the federal government.
The People who founded this country expressly demonstrated in the Preamble to the Bill of Rights that the People, quite sensibly, didn't trust the newly-created federal government as far as they could throw it. They regarded the federal government as a necessary evil and, as George Washington had once warned, at best a "dangerous servant". Therefore, distrusting the newly-created federal government, the People insisted that the Constitution be amended to include additional protections for the People and against the federal government.
From this perspective, you can see that the 2nd Amendment's guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms was intended to protect the People from federal government. I.e., the 2nd Amendment was intended to empower the People to shoot federal politicians, officers and employees if they tried to use the Constitution as a device to subject the People to despotism rather than serve them.
(This implies that the fundamental purpose of the militia's of the States of the Union (referenced in the 2nd Amendment) was to protect the States against the federal government. This is particularly interesting insofar as modern "state militias" (National Guard) are now primarily under the control of the federal government rather than the governments of the States of the Union. Thus, the organized "militia" originally intended to protect the People against the federal government, has been captured by the feds and now primarily serves the federal government rather than the People of the States.)
The purpose for the 2nd Amendment was to guarantee that the People had enough weapons to intimidate (and, if need be, kill) federal officers or employees if they attempted to subject the People to despotism (absolute rule). This is not a license to shoot any cop you don't like. But, as declared in the "Declaration of Independence,"
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
The Preamble to the Bill of Rights refers to "misconstruction and abuse" of the powers of the Constitution. The "Declaration of Independence" refers to "abuses and usurpations". I have no doubt that the "misconstruction" referenced in the Bill of Rights corresponds to the "usurpations" (unwarranted takings of powers not granted) in the Declaration.
"Despotism" means absolute and unlimited power confided to single man or elite group. It necessarily means that such "despot" would not recognize any higher authority including 1) the God of the Bible; and 2) the People. Instead, the "despot" (individual or elite group) would rule however he/it desired without limit or restraint imposed by others.
Correlatively, "despotism" means that the People other than the "despot(s)" are reduced not merely to status subjects (who have some rights such as the right of protection due from a monarch to his subjects), but to status of objects-to the status of chattel, goy, animals and "human resources"-who have virtually no rights whatsoever.
I.e., if the "despot" has absolute power, the People have no power (or rights) whatsoever.
The Declaration declares that when there is persistent evidence (a "long train of abuses and usurpations") that a particular "government" intends to rule with absolute authority, recognizing no higher authority and reducing the people to the status of objects without rights-then it is the People's right and even duty to "throw off" such despotic government and form a new government whose principle duty would to secure the People's "future security" rather than the security of the despot and/or of the government (perhaps under the pretext of "national security").
Thus, the Declaration was based in part on the principle that the fundamental purpose of government is to serve the People rather than compel the People to serve the government.
But, when there was sufficient evidence to show that a government had abandoned its role as servant and assumed the role of master (despot), then it was the People's right and duty to "throw off" such government and construct another.
How do you suppose such despotic governments should (or could) be thrown off? By petitioning our congressmen? By voting the despot(s) out of office?
(google search Preamble to the "Bill Of Rights" for the rest of the Preamble. Not enough space but freely available online. ENJOY
The Constitution with Amendments - Info on the Constitution
Making of the Charters, The Declaration, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, Impact of the Charters
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This link will tell you about the Making of the Charters, The Declaration, The Constitution and more. A GREAT TEACHING TOOL. www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html
First State Of The Union Address
1st State of Union Address
The First State-of-the-Union Address
By George Washington Friday, January 8, 1790
Mr. Wynkoop appeared this day, and took his seat.
The House being assembled, adjourned to the Senate Chamber. At 11 o'clock, The President of the United States, attended by his Aids, and Secretary, was received by the two Houses of Congress in the Senate Chamber, when he was pleased to make the following speech:
FELLOW CITIZENS Of the SENATE, and HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES,
I EMBRACE with great satisfaction the opportunity, which now presents itself, of congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs. The recent accession of the important state of Northcarolina to the Constitution of the United States (of which official information has been received) & the ruling credit and respectability of our country & the general and increasing good will towards the government of the union, and the concord, peace and plenty, with which we are blessed, are circumstances auspicious, in an excellent degree, to our national prosperity.
In reforming your consultations for the general good, you cannot but derive encouragement from the reflection, the measures of the last session have been as satisfactory to your constituents as the novelty and difficulty of the work allowed you to hope.-- Still further to realize their expectations, and to secure the blessings which a gracious Providence has placed within our reach, will in the course of the present important session, call for the cool and deliberate exertion of your patriotism, firmness and wisdom.
Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.
The proper establishment of the troops which may be deemed indispensable, will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangement which will be made respecting it, it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the officers and soldiers with a due regard to economy.
There was reason to hope, the pacifick measures adopted with regard to certain hostile tribes of Indians, would have relieved the inhabitants of our southern and western frontiers from their depredations. But you will perceive, from the information contained in the papers, which I shall direct to be laid before you, (comprehending a communication from the Commonwealth of Virginia) that we ought to be prepared to afford protection to those parts of the Union; and, if necessary, to punish aggressors.
The interests of the United States require, that our intercourse with other nations should be facilitated by such provisions as will enable me to fulfill my duty, in that respect, in the manner which circumstances may render most conducive to the publick good: And to this end, that the compensations to be made to the persons who may be employed, should, according to the nature of their appointments, be defined by law; and a competent fund designated for defraying the expenses incident to the conduct of our foreign affairs.
Various considerations also render it expedient, that the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of Citizens, should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization.
Uniformity in the currency, weights and measures of the United States, is an object of great importance, and will, I am persuaded, be duly attended to.
The advancement of agriculture, commerce and manufactures, by all proper means, will not, I trust, need recommendation. But I cannot forbear intimating to you the expediency of giving effectual encouragement as well to the introduction of new and useful inventions from abroad, as to the exertions of skill and genius in producing them at home; and of facilitating the intercourse between the distant parts of our country by a due attention to the Post Office and Post Roads.
Nor am I less persuaded, that you will agree with me in opinion, that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of Science and Literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of publick happiness. In one, in which the measures of government receive their impression so immediately from the sense of the community, as in our's, it is proportionately essential. To the security of a free Constitution it contributes in various ways: By convincing those who are entrusted with the publick administration, that every valuable end of government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people: And by teaching the people themselves to know, and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; between burthens proceeding from a disregard to their convenience, and those resulting from the inevitable exigencies of society; to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness, cherishing the first, avoiding the last, and uniting a speedy, but temperate vigilance against encroachments, with an inviolable respect to the laws.
Whether this desirable object will be best promoted by affording aids to seminaries of learning already established, by the institution of a national university, or by any other expedients, will be well worthy of a place in the deliberations of the Legislature.
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives,
I SAW with peculiar pleasure, at the close of the last session, the resolution entered into by you, expressive of your opinion, that an adequate provision for the support of the publick credit, is a matter of high importance to the national honour and prosperity.-- In this sentiment, I entirely concur.-- And to a perfect confidence in your best endeavors to devise such a provision as will be truly consistent with the end, I add an equal reliance on the cheerful cooperation of the other branch of the Legislature.-- It would be superfluous to specify inducements to a measure in which the character and permanent interests of the United States so obviously and so deeply concerned; and which has received so explicit a sanction from your declaration.
Gentlemen of the Senate, and House of Representatives,
I HAVE directed the proper officers to lay before you respectively such papers and estimates as regards the affairs particularly recommended to your consideration, and necessary to convey to you that information of the state of the union, which it is my duty to afford.
The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed.-- And I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you, in the pleasing though arduous task of ensuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect, from a free and equal government.
G. WASHINGTON United States, January 8, 1790
The president then retired & and the House returned to their own room: When the President's Speech being read by the Clerk, it was voted that the House would tomorrow take the same into consideration in a Committee of the whole on the state of the Union. & On motion, it was voted to proceed to ballot for a Chaplain, when the votes being collected, it appeared, that the Rev. Dr. Lynn was reelected.
Adjourned until tomorrow, 11 o'clock.
Source: The Massachusetts Spy, Thursday, June 21, 1790.
Bill Of Rights
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.
Violation of First Amendment??? - Obama outlaws freedom of protest and CISPA attacks internet freedom.
(See update)**1st amendment freedom gone. As of 17 April 2012 CISPA is soon to be voted on. Looks as if even our post's here on Squidoo or any site will be considered a threat with no recourse. Here goes our 1st and 4th amendments out the door. -- What happened to SHALL NOT be infringed???
**Twitter caves in to the judge-Our first amendment rights still being attacked and disregarded. September 14, 2012 and it's still going on in April 2016.
One Man Stands on The Constitution - Open Government from JFK to today
As our government has removed my former video I must include this video not to advocate one to vote one way or another but to listen to JFK, MLK and RP reminding us of our Constitution and the Limits within. Please listen closely to each statement. Correction of our error's, and the only way our Republic will survive. This is not about party affiliation, it's about our Constitution of the United States and Bill Of Rights as written.
I have added a second video explaining how our government has attacked our educational system much the same way as Hitler did one generation at a time. This is a wake up call for all AMERICANS on what is really happening.
A Message to All Police Officers - From Occupy Wall Street
Uploaded by collapsenet on Oct 28, 2011
Mike Ruppert addresses those police officers who have begun a campaign of violent and brutal attacks at some of the Occupy Wall Street protesters around the country, and around the world.
Honor in this message from one police officer to all police in any capacity, all over the world.
In defense of the 1st Amendment of the Bill Of Rights.
First Amendment - Your 1st Amendment Rights
Congress SHALL NOT make no law....
1. Respecting an establishment of religion...
2. Prohibiting the free exercise thereof ;......
3. Abridging the freedom of speech...
4. Abridging the freedom of the press...
5. Abridging the freedom of the right of the people peaceable to assemble....
6. Abridging the freedom to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Wow!!! Six (6) SHALL NOT's or LIMITS on Government - YES, Limits that the government CANNOT take away from it's citizens. Folks, this is just the First Amendment.
Has the Government in any capacity, ie: police/county ordinances/state law/judges, etc.... every denied any one of these to you as an individual?
America's war against social media - Violation of our 1st and 4th Amendment rights
American Citizens. Watch these video's at least two times and listen to what is being said. When every person who has a cell phone or a computer and it gets shut off because of what someone else says or posts out in America or anywhere in the world for that matter, the shut down violates our rights of free speech and the free press! Period. It also takes from your 4th Amendment rights of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects! If our government knows of anything they are monitoring that in their judgement is unlawful, shut down that one or few person/persons cell phone and/or computer not everyone. Imagine a complete shutdown and you are in need of immediate medical help. BAM-no way to call 911 is available. Why is it that every citizens rights are taken away and our personal interest and welfare is put into jeopardy?. This is called a Police State and is against the Law according to the rights granted to "We The People" under the Constitution and Bill of Rights. And now in April 2012 CISPA is on the verge of taking away our free use of the internet. Who knows - Even those of us here on Squidoo will be arrested or our lens removed. Something to really think about. Today 13 Sept 2012 the NDAA has been ruled unconstitutional but the POTUS says he has the right to go against the ruling. ???
America's war against social media
After viewing the video above please answer again in the poll below, are your rights being erased right before your eyes in the name of so called security. I think so and believe so without a doubt. Give your answer below.
Are your rights under the 1st and/or the 4th amendment of the bill of rights being taken away?
Bill Of Rights
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.
1. A well regulated Militia (The term militia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; is commonly used today to refer to a military force composed of ordinary citizens. Do you know where the militia of the citizens are in your town, city, county, state?)
2. being necessary to the security of a free State, (Necessary From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Something that is a required condition for something else to be the case.)
3. the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, (citizens rights to keep and bear arms)
4. shall not be infringed. (Infringed - a wrongful act)
WOW!!! ON the 2nd Amendment and four (4) more SHALL NOT's or Limits on Government against citizens. That makes a total of Ten (10) SHALL NOT's and we are just on the 2nd Amendment. 6 Shall not on the 1st amendment and 4 Shall not on the 2nd amendment. Starting to get the picture here.
Second Amendment - 4 more SHALL NOTS in this amendment
Here's the BIG QUESTION?
Do you as a private citizen know of any militia units in your town/city/county/state that you can join right now?
U.N. Arms Treaty Putting Your 2nd Amendment Rights at Risk?
Senator Manchin on protecting Americans' 2nd Amendment Rights.
On 4 August 2011 Senator Manchin from West Virginia spoke on Fox News with a campaign ad/announcement on how Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama are trying to infringe on Americans 2nd Amendment rights through a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. This will be ongoing through 2012 and brought before the Senate in 2013. See the rest of the story by copy and paste the url below into your browser. I normally would not put campaign ad's in my blogs but this is something We The People should be aware of now so we may take action today and not in 2013 when it would be to late if limits/sanctions were allowed by the UN to control our rights under the 2nd amendment. As of April 2016 many more changes/suggestions have been made. Wonder what will happen after the election this November 2016?
Firearms Refresher Course
FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE
1. “Those who hammer their firearms into plows will plow for those who do not.” ~Thomas Jefferson.
2. Those who trade liberty for security have neither. ~John Adams.
3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
4. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
5. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
6. firearms control is not about firearms; it’s about control.
7. You only have the rights you are willing to f i g h t for.
8. Know g u n s, know peace, know safety. No g u n s, no peace, no safety.
9. You don’t s h o o t to k i l l ; you s h o o t to stay alive.
10. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
11. 64,999,987 legal firearms owners k i l l e d no one yesterday.
12. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
13. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
14. What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ do you NOT understand?
15. Firearms have only two enemies; rust and politicians.
16. When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create s l a v e s.
17. The American Revolution would never have happened with g u n control.
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Bill Of Rights-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.
1. No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house (A soldier is a member of the land component of national armed forces; whereas a soldier hired for service in a foreign army would be termed a mercenary. The majority of cognates of the word "soldier" that exist in other languages have a meaning that embraces both commissioned and non-commissioned officers in national land forces. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
(Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
2. without the consent of the Owner....(Consent refers to the provision of approval or assent, particularly and especially after thoughtful consideration. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
3. nor in time of war,... (War is a state of organized, armed and often prolonged conflict carried on between states, nations, or other parties typified by extreme aggression, societal disruption, and usually high mortality. In addition to the existence of this organized behavior pattern amongst human primates, very similar organized warlike behavior patterns are also found in many other primate species such as chimpanzees, as well as in many ant species. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of war is usually called peace.
War generally involves two or more organized groups or parties. Such a conflict is always an attempt at altering either the psychological or material inter-group relationship of equality or domination between such groups. In all cases, at least one participant (group) in the conflict perceives the need to either psychologically or materially dominate the other participant and is unable or unwilling to accept or permit the possibility of a true relationship of fundamental equality to exist between the groups who have opted for group violence (war).
The attempt to establish or maintain domination and to avoid equality, is a precipitating factor in all wars, i.e., one group wishing to dominate another. Attempts at domination are also often the primary precipitating factor in individual one-on-one violence outside of the context of war, i.e., one individual attempting to dominate another. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
4. but in a manner to be prescribed by law. (prescribed- Recommend as something beneficial. from Merriam-Webster - The Free Dictionary)
5. by law. (Law is a system of rules and guidelines, usually enforced through a set of institutions. It shapes politics, economics and society in numerous ways and serves as a social mediator of relations between people. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Here we have a lot of different SHALL NOT's.
1st: NO Soldier shall (No meaning - SHALL NOT)
2nd: in time of peace be quartered in any house (SHALL NOT be allowed to sleep in any house)
3rd: without the Consent (without permission)
4th: of the Owner (the consent must come from the owner)
5th: nor in time of war, (Not even in war)
6th: but in a manner to be prescribed by law. (prescribed by WE THE PEOPLE-who under the bill of rights determine if our servants, i.e.:Congress, Judicial branch, Senate, Legislative, and Executive branch of government are in fact serving the citizens best interest)>
So in review of this Amendment I'll (this author) will consider this as ONE (1) great BIG SHALL NOT. We are now at Eleven (11) SHALL NOTS. More to follow. Are you starting to understand your basic rights granted under the Bill of Rights yet? As of the date of this writing (6 April 2016) I think our United States of America IS and HAS been using our Soldier's to take away our rights and infiltrate our homeland to create something called Martial Law or a state of military rule. What's your thought on this. Answer in the poll below and post your comments throughout this site in the comments sections.
Human Farming - This is CONTROL
CONTROL = Fear = Dictator.= Martial Law
Do you as a citizen or a person in the active military think that our Nation is starting to become under Martial Law or Military Rule. Not in our interest but in the interest of the now standing government quickly losing it's hold on "We The People" the citizen's of the United States Of America. Today is April 6, 2016 - just a seven months away from voting in a new President.
Are we becoming a Nation under Martial Law or Military Rule?
BILL OF RIGHTS 4th Amendment
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.
OH BOY! Here is one touchy subject. In society today it is called in the name of National Security and the Fourth Amendment is being violated in my opinion every way possible.
1. The Right Of The People to be secure...
a. in their persons b. in their houses c. in their papers d. and in their effects
2. Against UNREASONABLE searches and seizures
3. (here is that big word that creates a LIMIT on the government) SHALL NOT be violated,
4. and NO Warrants shall issue, but upon PROBABLE CAUSE,
5. supported by OATH or AFFIRMATION,
6. and particularly DESCRIBING the place to be SEARCHED,
7. and the PERSONS or THINGS to be SEIZED.
The TSA known as the Transportation Security Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the safety and security of the traveling public in the United States.
The TSA was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, sponsored by Don Young in the United States House of Representatives and Ernest Hollings in the Senate, passed by the 107th U.S. Congress, and signed into law by former President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. Originally part of the United States Department of Transportation, the TSA was moved to the Department of Homeland Security on March 25, 2003.
It is now (without a lot of peoples knowledge) spreading to big unions across our nation into the industrial and private job force and all forms of public transportation.
The problem as I see it is We The People have allowed this to happen in the name of so called National Security???? WHERE IS THE WARRANT?
Just because you decide to ride a commercial airplane you get frisked and x-rayed and sometimes stripped naked. Then your baggage, your wallet, your personal effects went through and read by total strangers and many times are seized yet 'We The People' have not seen a warrant nor does the TSA or the Dept. of Homeland Security have reason to believe you and I to be a threat to our National Security but - Yep, We The People just let it happen and not one citizen even voted for or gave authority to our Representatives to do such an act.
Let us all go back to that horrible day we all know as 9-11. Pretend it never happened. Would you as a citizen of the United States allow such as what is going on today be happening?? I think not. When America was attacked at Pearl Harbor, was that not just as bad as 9-11? If you think about it your answer would and should be YES. Yes again, we did go to war but our citizens were not treated as criminals throughout the Nation just for boarding a plane or riding a bus or working in the local Courthouse. Why oh Why have we allowed ourselves to be raped of our basic civil rights? This is not domestic Tranquility, it does not provide for the common defense, it does not promote the general Welfare, and does not secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. A lot of SHALL NOT's or LIMITS on the Government are being taken for granted in the name of National Security. Our present government cannot even secure our borders so why in the world would we subject ourselves to being classified as potential terrorism to the Nation in which we live? I pray someone agrees with me and I know some will not but the fact remains that this is totally wrong and must be stopped by the GIANT GOVERNMENT now turning us into SUBJECTS and not Citizen's. That said, please take the poll below and others throughout this lens. Your name/avatar or identification is not collected by taking this poll. Please proceed and be sure to share with others so we can get a better understanding of what is happening to America.
On Monday, 26 September 2011 I received a disturbing email from Campaign for Liberty firstname.lastname@example.org with the following excerpt just to let you know how our government and the TSA is out of control.
quote "During oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), the DHS counsel claimed they have authority to "strip search every air traveler. The agency also stated that it believed a mandatory strip search rule could be instituted without any public comment or rulemaking."
Have we given up enough of our liberties yet? It's April 2016
Just when you thought flying couldn't possibly get worse, union bosses are now trying to force union representation on TSA employees with a "vote" that is clearly stacked in the bosses' favor.
In other words, that creepy TSA agent that almost seemed to enjoy feeling up you and your child will now be virtually impossible to fire for inappropriate behavior.
From now on, security and passenger rights will play a secondary role to the union bosses' demands for "screener's rights." (end quote)
Starting to see our Civil Rights being taken away without even a vote from the people or at least a means to oppose such unlawful acts of BIG GOVERNMENT. We The People should act now and stop this out of control Car called the Government as the late President Ronald Reagan stated in his farewell address. The People are the driver of the government. Without the driver the government cannot run without our permission. And then "We The People" take the reins or steering wheel and turn it in the proper direction for our benefit and to preserve our Freedom. Voting is going on now throughout our country at the lowest level of government and soon to the highest level. Make your voices heard loud and clear. Lets put the common man back in office that will represent our best interests and adhere to the Constitution and Bill Of Rights as written. Let's not forget Prayer as our Pledge of Allegiance says we are One Nation Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL. Impeachment is another source and means for weeding out the corruption in any capacity of government. Even our local police departments are attacking peaceful marches with violence, guns, mace, stun guns, etc. When will we stand and say enough is enough??
TSA and Breast Milk - More Violations of 4th Amendment
This is WRONG. Something has to stop this kind of abuse.
Fourth Amendment Poll
Do you as an American Citizen believe your rights under the 4th Amendment are being violated?
BILL OF RIGHTS - 5th Amendment
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.
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More SHALL NOT's - This Amendment establishes certain protections for citizens from actions of the government by providing (1) that a person shall not be required to answer for a capital or other infamous crime unless an indictment or presentment is first issued by a grand jury, (20 that no person shall be placed in double jeopardy, (3) that no person may be required to testify against himself, (hence the phrase 'plead the fifth'), (4) that neither life, liberty nor property may be taken without due process of law, (I think our government in the name of National Security, TSA, FEMA & NDAA violates this now), and (5) that private property may not be taken for publich use, without payment of just compensation.
Starting to understand why this important document called the Bill of Rights was added to our Constitution. I hope you are learning what is no longer taught in the school system. Big Government does not want the common citizen to know their rights.
5th Amendment Violations
The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) alone violates Citizen's of America 5th Amendment rights. It was signed into law 31 December 2011 and shoved through the House and Senate. A citizen could be detained indefinitely without being charged with anything or told they were being charged, no representation of any kind.
Are Your 5th Amendment rights being violated with the NDAA Act?
Bill of Rights 6th Amendment
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.
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(1) In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial,
(2) The accused has the right to a quick trial. This does not mean that their trial must be over in one week. This means that the state can not make them sit in jail for 6 years while they wait to have a trial. That would be unfair to anyone who is innocent.
(3) The accused also has the right to a public trial. The state can not put them in a warehouse and question them about the crime. It must be available to the public so that it is fairer to the accused.
(4) A 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. The trial must be held by an impartial jury. The jurors can not be prejudiced against the accused or the crime that they've been accused of, or it would be unfair. The trial must also be held in the area where the crime was committed, or else that could be unfair to the accused also. Sometimes it is better to move the trial to a different area because the accused face has been all over the local news and it would be impossible to get an impartial jury in the town where the accused person lives.
(5) "and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him;"
The accused has the right to know what they are being charged with and why they're being held in jail.
The accused also has the right to know who is saying that they've committed the crime, and the right to ask them questions.
(6) to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. The accused has the right to force anyone to come to their trial that they believe can help their case. The court can force someone to come to court by issuing a summons -or subpoena and then the person has no choice, but to come to the trial.
(7) The accused also has the right to counsel a.k.a. an attorney (a lawyer). If you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you by the court. The Miranda case has made this right famous. Now whenever someone is arrested they are read their Miranda rights. These rights include the right to be silent, (hence the phrase - 'Plead the 5th'). Pleading the 5th amendment then places the burden of proving the case on the prosecution. Many, many times the prosecution will try to make a PLEA Bargain against the accused because the prosecutor knows there is not sufficient evidence to convict an accused of what crime someone is saying that the accused committed.
BILL OF RIGHTS 7th AMENDMENT
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.
The 7th Amendment guarantees the right to a jury trial in any civil case before a federal court if the amount in controversy exceeds $20.00. Each civil litigant in a federal court is entitled to a jury of twelve (12) persons before a judge capable of instructing the jury on the law, and a unanimous verdict. However, trial by jury is not something that automatically happens. A party must specifically request it and even then a party is not entitled to have a jury decide equitable claims. However, when a case includes both legal and equitable causes of actions, each party or as the court calls you a (litigant), is entitled to have the legal issues decided by the jury prior to the resolution of the equitable issues.
BILL OF RIGHTS 8th AMENDMENT
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.
In the 8th Amendment are Three (3) Shall Not's so to speak
(1) Excessive Bail
(2) Excessive Fines
(3) Cruel and Unusual Punishment Inflicted
In all fairness to this amendment I would refer everyone to check this link http://www.law.cornell.edu/anncon/search/display.h.../anncon/html/amdt8_user.html and/or any other link your search engine may provide. The 8th Amendment
is and has been controversial in the United States as our society has changed and is changing from day to day. This Amendment seems to
be more about Capital Crimes and punishment more than anything. That said I will leave this Amendment up to the readers interpretation
based on ones own research and review of past and present laws, lower courts and higher court reviews and findings on the same.
Much could be debated just on the Excessive Bail alone but that also depends on the Alleged crime and the possible attempt of one
accused to flea to prevent prosecution. So this Amendment is left up to each individual to interpret on his/her own. After all this lens is
about Education on the Constitution and in this case the Eighth Amendment to the Bill Of Rights. After reading the rest of this lens be sure
to come back and research this Amendment for yourself.
BILL OF RIGHTS 9th AMENDMENT
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
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The 9th Amendment essentially states that the rights enumerated in in the Constitution SHALL NOT be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people. These rights are "those so basic and fundamental and so deeply rooted in our society to be truly 'essential rights,' and which nevertheless, cannot find direct support elsewhere in the Constitution. This Amendment was included in an abundance of CAUTION and together with the reserved powers amendment (TENTH AMENDMENT) was intended to emphasize the LIMITED powers conferred upon the new central government. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited the Ninth Amendment on few occasions but it was relied upon by some members of the Court to identify a right of marital privacy to bar a state from prohibiting the use of contraceptives by married persons.
Reference 381 U.S. 479, 486-494; id. at 490 n.6.
BILL OF RIGHTS 10th AMENDMENT
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
The TENTH AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution, is often referred to as the Reserved Powers Amendment, that reserves to the states or the people any powers not delegated to the United States nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution. It expresses the original framers' intent that the central government be a government of limited (notice the word LIMITED) powers and was included in the Bill Of Rights to prevent the federal government from attempting to exercise powers it was not specifically given. Traditionally, the Tenth Amendment has been viewed as a mere truism which restates the relationship between the states and the federal government. However, the Supreme Court has held that the amendment bars Congress from exercising power that encroaches, infringes or violates directly upon state functions essential to the states' separate and independent existence.
First 10 Amendments
Now I've got the first Ten (10) Amendments under the BILL OF RIGHTS listed. Still have to add those SHALL NOT's or LIMITS on our Government. I hope what is listed so far is an awakening to those who really have taken the extra time to review them. It is a lot to take in in one setting for sure so please feel free to come back as I add the Shall Not's and Limits to each of the first ten amendments.
There are Twenty-Seven (27) Amendments total in the Bill of Rights. The last, Amendment 27 - Congress submitted the text to the States as part of the proposed Bill Of Rights on September 25, 1789. The Amendment was not ratified together with the first ten Amendments, which became effective on December 15, 1791. The Twenty-Seventh Amendment was ratified on May 7, 1992, by the vote of Michigan. More on this Amendment and the other's at a later date. Feel free to go ahead and study them before I post them. The more you get educated on our basic rights the more you will be prepared to stand and defend those rights and hold our government in check. On that note I must put up the American Flag but I must also put it upside down indicating that we are in fact a Nation In Distress. That is what flying the flag upside down indicates. Get away from the mainstream media and start checking every source you can and see if you agree if the United States of America is (in your opinion) a Nation in Distress in this century, in the year of our Lord 2014 A.D. We need to turn our country around and become One Nation Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All again.
Why is the US Flag diplayed Upside Down?
The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons. To the contrary, here is the relevant part of the US Code of Laws regarding how to fly the flag when in distress:
THE FLAG CODE
Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10
As amended by P.L. 344, 94th Congress
Approved July 7, 1976
Â§ 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
Most individuals who have served in the military service of our nation will (or should) recognize this signal.
As a result of the many traitors and enemies we as a free people have, both foreign and domestic, as a result of the many unconstitutional acts, legislation and atrocities passed and/or committed against US citizens and their life, liberty and property, and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger and distress.
A Nation in Distress
Do You Feel that the United States of America is a Nation in Distress as of Today?
The Real Minorities
We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don't get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day..
I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans ~ I'm talking about our troops! Doesn't it seem strange that many Democrats and Republicans are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support our troops.
If they did our troops would be home protecting our own borders instead of in a war (Undeclared by Congress approval) but declared by Executive Order. This is the first step towards a dictatorial form of government. Now take the poll below please.
Should We Bring Our Troops Home from Undeclared Wars not authorized by Congress?
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More about impeachment and a special poll. Scroll on down, watch the video, take the poll, voice your opinion and let's all start exercising our rights as the good citizen's of America "WE THE PEOPLE"
Contact your Congressman/Woman in your district and make demands on whatever you want done. We need to take our country back or it will be lost forever.
IMPEACHMENT - A Must Watch
A lot of former President's of the United States should have been impeached in my opinion. The present administration backing the now President in Office as of April 2016 should be impeached immediately and Congress has brought this forward. I predict that the President will declare Marshal Law to keep himself in office if he is not immediately impeached. This will keep the up coming election from even happening and the choice "Of The People, By The People and For The People" will never happen. UPDATE: Aug 2014 Obama was re-elected but still many things have came to surface that should bring Obama to be impeached. More video's added. You watch, listen closely and then participate in the polls if you wish. As Thomas Jefferson reminded us "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
Peachy! We've Got Ourself A Debate About Impeachment
Read the sticky note below and get involved. We The People need to speak out. Don't forget you can share the debate
If Ya Made It Dis Fir Would Ya Read on Please . . .
If you have made it this far please take the poll below after reading about Impeachment. Come on folks, just a simple debate. We all can and should be able to agree to disagree. Share the debate with others.
IMPEACHMENT - Impeachment of government officials
In the United States, impeachment can occur both at the federal and state level. The Constitution defines impeachment at the federal level and limits impeachment to "The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States" who may only be impeached and removed for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors". Several commentators have suggested that Congress alone may decide for itself what constitutes a "high crime or misdemeanor". In 1970, then-House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford defined the criterion as he saw it: "An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history." Four years later, Ford would become president when President Richard Nixon resigned under the threat of impeachment.
Article III of the Constitution states that judges remain in office "during good behavior", implying that Congress may remove a judge for bad behavior via impeachment and conviction. The House has impeached 14 federal judges and the Senate has convicted six of them.
In present time April 2016 many, many Federal, State, Congressional, Judicial and Local official have committed impeachable offenses (in my opinion) and those of many others. It is FACT and WE THE PEOPLE know it.
Do you as a citizen think that our current President should be Impeached, or any other official noted above?
YES-who and why?
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence
Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.
To read the Declaration of Independence copy and paste the link below. Read and Re-read so you can get the True American Spirit back into your Heart and Soul.
Power Of We The People - And The Bill Of Rights
The Power of We The People using the US Constitution and The Bill Of Rights. Have you ever just researched the Constitution of the US and the Bill of Rights. The Constitution came first and then the Bill of Rights. Each State within the Union also has a Constitution BUT guess what? Every State has the Bill Of Rights FIRST and then the State Constitution. SURPRISED. It's true. That is so each citizen knows their rights first and then they read the constitution for their state. The Bill Of Rights gives each individual citizen Sovereignty over his/her self, land, etc. Sovereignty makes you the decision maker on what you own and what decisions you make for yourself. It does not give you the right to make decisions on your fellow citizens property or person and effects. They have their own sovereignty. In other words you are the king or queen of your castle so to speak. Do you really know what the Declaration of Independence really is? It was a letter delivered to the King of England by William Pitt telling the King that his old subjects declared their sovereignty as individual citizens and states free from the Kings rule. The declaration told the King that even the poorest man can and would defy the King from that day forward and that the King no longer had control over his old subjects that came to the new world in America. Now since the Constitution lets We The People create a Congress and Congress works for us. If they fail to work or represent We The People then we as an individual with sovereign rights have the power to to abolish Congress or any form of government that impedes on our sovereignty as individuals. That is the main reason for the Bill Of Rights, rights given to us by GOD and not the King or Government bodies of any sort. Have you ever really understood that? It is true. Think about it. Our forefathers warned about the government trying to become rulers much like the King and made sure the Bill of Rights were added to the United States Constitution to prevent this from happening. Our Nation is over 200 years old and we have slowly let the government become as a King again eroding our basic GOD given rights and the Bill Of Rights. It is past time for all citizens to get educated on the full meaning of the US Constitution, Bill Of Rights, Preamble, and Declaration of Independence and what and why it is written. Without that knowledge you become subjects or slaves again to an unjust government body, President, Governor, or Police. Surprised? You should be. If you ever hear someone say the United States is a democracy call them up and tell them face to face the United States is a Republic. Period. I'm not talking about the different parties of republicans and/or democrats I am talking about our Government is a Republican form of Government. In a democracy the minority group of people always will lose their rights and the majority or (MOB) rules. In a republic which is guaranteed under the Constitution it is based on individual rights or your sovereignty of yourself, your land and personal effects. Again I remind you a democracy form of government is where the majority rules and takes your rights and your property where the republic form of government is guaranteed to keep your individual rights on your decisions and property ownership. Think about this and study on it in depth and you will see how America has ended up in debt over our heads at the citizens expense because of a unruly government which should have been overthrown a long time ago but we sat back and enjoyed what we were told was being given to us when in fact our basic rights were being taken away. Prove me wrong. When I created this lens I started it with the famous words of Patrick Henry "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" and I meant it. Would you let your children do whatever they wanted without trying to correct them? I think not. Then why, oh Why are We The People not correcting the unruly government from the highest post to the lowest form of government without correcting the problem NOW. We have let it go so long it is to the point that we MUST stand as Patrick Henry did and Fight. We must try and do it in a peaceful manner first, but STAND UP and say NO is the first step. Our government at all levels has become as the unruly child and getting by without correction because We The People fail to STAND UP and say NO MORE. I have to be blunt here because it is the TRUTH. Look up those little words like sovereignty, Bill Of Rights, God Given Rights, unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. I now quote Thomas Jefferson "Say...whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government, or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
National Center for Constitutional Studies
A great educational site
"A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing...than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?"
-- George Washington
The link below will take you to a wonderful site for people of all ages. You can get copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, Take simple test quizzes, play games and listen to many informative videos for free. This is a must see site for those who want to get educated on the Constitution, and Bill of Rights along with many of our founding father's documents and debates on forming the United States Constitution.