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Attacking our rights and freedom - The US Government
We the people
As the years go by we are seeing more and more politicians attempting to infringe on our rights. Many people are sitting back and simply complaining about it because they don’t know what exactly is going on and how it is unconstitutional. This short coming can be blamed on the school systems across the United States. In our high schools, students are required to take United States History and United States Government classes. However, you’d never know it by the way most sit idly by while rich “officials” try to strip us of our rights and freedoms granted to us by the Founding Fathers.
Let’s take a look at the two most popular amendments in the Bill of Rights that are being and have been targets by politicians and government officials.
The First Amendment
The First Amendment, adopted in 1791.
“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.”
To take those words out of context and to bend the meaning behind them is not only anti-patriotic but it also infringes on the rights of the American people. We were granted freedom of religion and speech as well as freedom for peaceful assemblies. This assemblies include peaceful protests. By arresting those who participate in these protests is to commit treason by going against the constitution.
With the advancement in technology and the ability to reach the masses, we are often being told what is not acceptable to be shared on social media outlets. This in fact is unconstitutional. Personal opinions and viewpoints cannot be censored just because a group of people or even the masses disagree with it.
Another major point is that in today’s elections and campaigns, people are now attacking their opponent’s religious preferences and putting their own religious belief on display to the people. This is a tactic used to try to persuade those in favor of one religion to vote a certain way. Freedom of religion and separation of church and state prevents any person in a government office to use their religious belief as a basis for decision making. It also prevents those officials from making laws or ordinances based on their beliefs. With that being said, why does a presidential candidate’s religion and beliefs have anything to do with their ability to perform duties assigned to the president?
The Second Amendment
The Second Amendment, adopted in 1791.
"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."
These are the most abused words in the Bill of Rights. Nowhere does it state what type of arms people have the right to bear just that we have the right and it shall not be infringed. It does not state that we may only have muskets. This amendment was put in place for “deterring tyrannical government” and for “facilitating a natural right of self-defense.” Other purposes were to allow the people to form militia systems in their areas, participate in law enforcement, help to deter invasions, and it suppress insurrection. We were not simply given the right to own and carry fire arms, we the people of the United States were charged with the duty of assisting in upholding our constitution and protecting not only our country but also our freedoms.
If we look at history and when this amendment was adopted, we notice that all people were allowed to have the same weapons that our militias had. If they have access to it to defend from foreign threats on our own soil why shouldn’t our people have access to them to defend again domestic threats in the same land?
We were charged with the responsibility to defend ourselves and our rights not only again those who wish to take our country but also against our own government should they attempt to take our rights and freedoms.
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariable 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 Constitution of the United States of America.
Many people have seen the movie National Treasure starring Nicolas Cage. When preparing to steal the Declaration of the United States he says the most profound line in the movie. This is a great statement that we, as Americans, should strive for...
"If there's something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action."
Before a president can officially take office they are required to take an oath. The oath is as follows…
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
We should expect our presidents to up hold that oath and put our rights above all else. We need to take back our country and be treated as if our constitution still mattered.