Friday 2 March 2012

The Systematic Destruction of the Bill of Rights

When the United States Constitution was first drafted, some states were reluctant to ratify it.  Why?  According to a speech to Congress in 1789 by James Madison, the people demanded that the language be more specific, laying out precise guidelines to which all forthcoming laws must adhere.

I believe that the great mass of the people who opposed [the Constitution], disliked it because it did not contain effectual provision against encroachments on particular rights, and those safeguards which they have been long accustomed to have interposed between them and the magistrate who exercised the sovereign power: nor ought we to consider them safe, while a great number of our fellow citizens think these securities necessary.

So was born the Bill of Rights, a supplemental document to the blueprint for government, the Constitution.

For over 200 years, the Bill of Rights has been akin to a sacred text, largely unquestioned and relied upon for the decision-making of laws and justice.

Fast forward to 2012 - the current regime. Five articles of the Bill of Rights are under constant, sustained attack.  Madison and the other founding fathers are certainly rolling in their graves, shouting "WE WARNED YOU ABOUT THIS!!!"

1st Amendment:
guarantees the freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are seriously threatened by ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), a multinational treaty that presents itself as a ban on pirating, but is in all actuality a legal loophole to shut down any website at any time.

Freedom of assembly took a serious hit on Feb. 29 with the passing of the Federally Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act.  This bill states that protesting is illegal on restricted property, defined as " a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of: (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance. "  So if someone "important" is present or something "significant" is occurring, you aren't allowed to protest.  Later wording in the bill informs us that it doesn't matter if we know the person is present or the event is occurring - it's just flat out illegal and trespassers and offenders will be imprisoned.

2nd Amendment
guarantees the right to bear arms

The second amendment has been suffering a series of sneak attacks, state by state.  Instead of going after the guns (because that, of course, would be unconstitutional) they are going after ammunition.  Recently the New Jersey state congress made a failed attempt to ban all handgun ammunition and some rifle ammunition.  Illinois currently has a bill on the table to add a surtax to ammunition.  Expect to see more states following suit.  Gun registries and more licensing requirements are also imminent.

4th Amendment
guarantees freedom against unreasonable search and seizure

This amendment was trashed by the un Patriot Act, passed in 2001 by Bush and extended in 2011 by Obama.  The act extended the definition of domestic terrorism, allowing search, seizure and surveillance without the formalities of a warrant.  The

5th and 6th Amendments
5th guarantees due process (habeas corpus)
6th guarantees the right to an attorney as well as the right to a speedy and public trial

According to the 5th amendment a person shall not be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law".  According to the National Defense Authorization Act that right no longer applies if the accused can be painted as a terrorist by any stroke of the brush.  An American can now be indefinitely detained without trial, the right to an attorney or actual evidence.  All that is required to implement this treasonous act is the suspicion of "belligerence".

The Bill of Rights is our protection against the government.  This document is a summation of the lessons learned by our founding fathers in our original fight for independence from an oppressive government. 

As the current regime encroaches more and more on the freedom this country was based on, we get ever-closer to the need for a Second American Revolution.  The sad thing is, this revolution is against other Americans, not some sovereign entity across the sea.  The very people who have been elected to represent us and protect our rights have turned against us, voting behind the safety of closed Congress doors to enslave us, disarm us and imprison us. 

We are called traitors, terrorists and extremists for supporting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as our basis for law.  Constitutionalism is methodically being outlawed.

However, I submit this question for your reflection:

The rule of law in the United States is the legal standard that all government decisions must be measured by applying the known legal principles of the Constitution.

If all laws must be based on the Constitution...

and our government officials
(members of Congress, the President, etc.)
are passing laws in opposition to this foundational theory...

...who are the real traitors?

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