Albert Gallatin, Congressman, Oct. 7, 1789
We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.
The states refused to ratify the Constitution of the newly formed United States unless the document we refer to as the Bill of Rights was appended thereto. The Bill of Rights and the Bills of Rights in the Constitutions of each and every state 'protect the rights of individuals from abusive or excessive government power' [Donald Wilkes, Jr., Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law], securing freedom of speech, freedom of religion, a free press, due process rights, trial by jury, the right to counsel, protection against self-incrimination and unreasonable search and seizure, and other fundamental human rights not contained therein (Amendments IX and X).
The Bill of Rights has never been amended by act of Congress; however, the actions of the last four administrations (most notably the present administration, via Executive Orders), Laws passed by Congress (among them, the Patriot Act), and the resulting governmental agencies created thereby, have had the same effect - to abridge and infringe upon the rights of this nation's citizens. The purpose: power.
Let us list our Constitutional rights and see which are not under attack:
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.
This does not sound anything like the 'separation of church and state' that is always touted. In fact, if you review statements of the founders, you will find quotes like this one by Thomas Jefferson:
'Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?'
The Federal government has not yet established a national religion, however, free exercise of your religion is no longer protected. Citizens holding Bible studies in their homes have been arrested, or threatened with arrest. You can have a backyard cookout once a week, and no one cares how many cars are in the street or how many people are in your home, but a Bible study is somehow different.
The Department of Veterans Affairs was sued in 2011, alleging religious censorship, after the chapel had been closed at the Houston National Cemetery, the Bible removed, and prayers and references to God and Jesus were banned by the cemetery's director, Arleen Ocasio, because of a policy change from 2007.
Freedom of speech has been abridged, as well. In the October, 2012, Washington Post, George Washington University Law Professor, Jonathan Turley, reported evidence of a 'willingness to confine free speech in the name of social pluralism can be seen at various levels of authority and government.'
Members of the Tea Party have reportedly been under intense scrutiny by the IRS and founders of independent press sites have suffered numerous lawsuits for reports that were proven accurate.
Let us not forget what happened after Chick-Fil-A, President, Dan Cathy, answered a direct question by expressing his faith which results in his support for traditional marriage: several politicians promised to ban Chick-fil-A stores because their CEO doesn't support homosexual marriage.
Political correctness is evolving into prosecutable hate speech for anyone who voices another viewpoint. College campuses across the country have adopted 'speech codes'. And, there is a rising number of organizations whose sole purpose is to prevent speech that is 'politically incorrect'.
It is even more disturbing that reporters and editors are not exposing the threat to free speech, revealing their complicity. As Patrick Maines, President of the Media Institute, stated in a recent article: 'When theories and organizations arise whose goals are at odds with those American values, it's incumbent on all freedom-loving people, and the press especially, to shine a bright light on them and on the error of their ways.'
For proof of the government's control over the media, the New York Times reported last summer that the Obama campaign required review of all reports from the campaign trail. 'The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.' That is not a free press.
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.
First, it is proven by the Militia Act of 1792 that the term 'militia' is not synonymous with the military, as proven by Sections 3 and 4 therein. Now, I will let the voices of the founders, and other wise people, speak:
'False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.' Cesare Beccaria, as quoted in Thomas Jefferson's Commonplace book
'When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually ... I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers.' George Mason, Virginia Constitution Convention
'The danger (where there is any) from armed citizens, is only to the government, not to society; and as long as they have nothing to revenge in the government (which they cannot have while it is in their own hands) there are many advantages in their being accustomed to the use of arms, and no possible disadvantage.' Joel Barlow, "Advice to the Privileged Orders", 1792-93
'Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. [...] the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible. Hubert H. Humphrey, 1960
'To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms...' Richard Henry Lee - Senator, First Congress
'The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.' Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
'One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.' Constitutional scholar and Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, 1840
Amendment III: No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in times of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
I can find no report of this occurring. However, the military has run exercises where they have taken over towns for short periods of time. This is in direct conflict with U.S. 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.
There are increasing reports of unlawful search and seizure. This past week, a woman attending a tax meeting in New Jersey was removed from the meeting after making reference to the violation of her Constitutional rights. The taxable value of her family's home had doubled due to the fact that the woman had refused entry into her home, while her husband wasn't there (they are Orthodox Jews), to a man from the tax assessor's office. Upon arriving home from the meeting, she was met by police and arrested. The news reports should cause you alarm. The poor woman's Second and Fourth Amendments were violated. The authorities are hanging their case upon the claim by an employee of the tax assessor's office of threats made by the woman to him, yet no one else in attendance at the meeting heard those statements.
My advice? Every American should keep an electronic recording device with them at all times - for no other reason than to send a tape to the free media such as WorldNet Daily, Western Journalism, Newsmax, Washington Free Beacon, Infowars, and the like.
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 offense 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.
Drones violate the Fourth Amendment due to their ability to spy on American citizens. Further, the president has given himself sole authority, via Executive Order, to deem any person a threat to the government; and, thereby, violate the protections of the Fifth Amendment and usurp the powers of the Grand Jury, imprisoning or killing any citizen at any time! This despite the fact that no crime has yet been committed! (Sounds suspiciously like a movie where people were arrested for crimes they had not yet committed.)
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.
Just wait. This will be going by the way, as well.
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.
Is this where we got double-jeopardy? I thought that was applicable in capital offenses.
Amendment VIII: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.
This was just violated in New Jersey! I am sure this happens - frequently.
Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The government today doesn't agree with this statement. You don't have any rights.
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.
Where shall I begin here? What powers have not been 'delegated' to the Federal government by the Federal government over the last 230 years?
Never let a crisis go to waste. The September 11, 2001, attacks were used to create the environment we have today by allowing the Federal government to infringe (remove little by little) the Constitutional rights of American citizens. Every man, woman and child is deemed a terrorist threat to the government if they stand against the tyranny, as the above samples prove. The Constitution has obviously been suspended - or removed permanently - without cause.
- Your right to assemble is hindered. Could a government official pass by? You're too close. You need a permit. There are specific areas where you can assemble.
- Your doctor has been instructed to ask if you have a gun in your home, especially if your are an older American or retired military.
- You cannot take pictures or video at a public park or a street corner without a permit. Or, hand out free material on a public street. (See the video below.)
The government is prepared and we are the enemy!
We live in the United Socialist States of America. Nikita Khrushchev was right!
(If you don't understand, look it up.)
'You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.'
Attributed to Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948)