Bill of Rights Day

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.

Bill of Rights Day is December 15. It was this day in 1791 that the first 10 Amendments (Bill of Rights) to our U.S.A. Constitution went into effect. Our California Constitution also has a list of rights in Article I. Neither of these includes all of our rights (liberties). Read them, enforce them, or lose them.

Randy Hartman



Comment Profile ImageScott Neuman
Comment #1 | Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:50 am
In reality, 11 of the 12 amendments from the Bill of Rights passed at 13 states. The Congressional Apportionment Amendment has 10 of 13 states and when Kentucky became a state, they also voted for all 12 amendments. In fact, the Congressional Apportionment Amendment gives you better representation in the House of Representatives and is the true first amendment. Google Ratified Congressional Apportionment Amendment. Connecticut we're told in history never voted for the 12 amendments of the Bill of Rights. In 2011, Connecticut's Archivist signed off on the 1790 vote they found in their archives that clearly shows they ratified the amendments. Their vote was lost for 220, misfiled 10 years in the past under revolutionary war documents (who would do such a thing is a mystery but now that we know they voted, we have to apply that vote to 1790 and that ratifies the amendment.)
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #2 | Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:41 am
Seems democrats care about every other right except "the right to bear arms". Ever wonder why?

The only right that keeps them out of every aspect of our lives.
Comment Profile ImageTerry Leather
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:10 am
The Bill of Rights looks like it was written by a crazed, right-wing militia member living in an isolated compound. It’s all “Government can’t tell me to do this” and “Government can’t make me do that” and “I want to have guns.” Obviously, we’re much more sophisticated now. We aren’t like the Founding Fathers, with their primitive fear of government and thunder. We need to update this silly, archaic Bill of Rights, which puts all this emphasis on “freedom” with no mention of the much more important “free stuff.” There certainly won’t be anything in the new Bill of Rights to keep people from being forced to do what they don’t want — especially if it’s to protect someone else’s rights

1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, unless current fashion dictates that the views of that religion are politically or popularly incorrect, in which case, it should be ridiculed, and discriminated against, in the public square, especially during the winter holidays, or if some non-believer has his feelings hurt.

Congress shall make no law 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, unless it’s using “public airwaves”, “The Internet” or other commonly held properties assumed to be in the ownership domain of Congress. Then, all bets are off, and you’d better watch your step (someone may call the FBI)

2. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed, unless we don’t like the “shape” of your scary Arms, because everyone knows that an “Assault Weapon” is much more dangerous than a regular semi-automatic rifle. Also, complex rules and regulations, training and licensing, tracking and supervision, are not “infringements”; they are for your own good, children.

3. 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. This one we’ll honor, for now.

4. 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 — unless you happen to be in an airport, train-station, give an officer any lip, or otherwise look suspicious. That includes you, Granny!

5. 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 states that don’t want to go to the bother; Nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, unless it’s a tax matter; Nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, again, unless it’s a tax matter;Nor shall private property be taken for public use*, without just compensation.

* By public use, we mean public use OR private use by one of our friends who can better utilise your property and perhaps generate more tax revenue for us to spend on ourselves. Don’t worry, we’ll give you “just compensation” – trust us, we’re the Government.

6. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, (unless the judge wants to close the hearing, or the lawyers decide to delay things, you know what I mean) by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, (by which “impartial” shall mean that they can’t consider the justice of the law being prosecuted, and they will in all cases follow the advice and admonition of their Betters, of the Bar), etc. etc.

7. 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. Right.

8. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Except in tax matters. Don’t mess with our money.

9. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Except if Congress or the Courts decide otherwise; obviously the People are too silly to be allowed retained rights.

10. 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, unless somewhere else in the Constitution, the Courts or the Congress or the Executive can find a tiny clause that allows it to drive a Mack truck through the rights of the States respectively, or the people. See Commerce Clause.
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #4 | Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 11:42 am
Tell that to Duck Dynasty, his right to free speech was infringed.

No such things as rights anymore......

I don`t watch the show by the way.
Comment Profile ImageRogue
Comment #5 | Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm
The Bill of Rights, including the 2nd Amednment, does not grant any rights; it simply recognizes rights we have just because we exist. Even if they could repeal the 2nd Amendment, the right would still exist (and would even still be consitutionally protected by the 9th Amendment).

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