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Trimming the Fat - off the ConstitutionTrimming the Fat - off the Constitution

2006-11-06 - 8:55 a.m.



Amendments to the Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution


These first ten amendments form the underpinning of what the
Founding Fathers wanted to say about America to the world, and how they
believe. The current administration has studied the Bill of Rights at length,
as can be evidenced by the methodical manner in which they have stripped it of
its powers:


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.


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.


Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007"
(H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th,
2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a
"public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take
control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor
or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."
.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), stated this will encourage the President to
declare federal martial law.


following amendments lost their force recently too:


Amendment IX

The enumeration in the
Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage
others retained by the people.


Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not
be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments


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
reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of
the common law.


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 defense.

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.


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.


The Patriot Act, Homeland
Security Act, Military
Commissions Act (a.k.a. the torture bill) and the Electronic Surveillance
Modernization Act each have sections that whittle away at the above pesky


What does that leave us?


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.


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.


Many would say that the First amendment
has gone bye bye already. I do not believe so, since I can still write this
with relative impunity, although I stress relative.


Make use of the first amendment while
you still have it. Shout the injustices you see performed in your name from the
rooftops. Most importantly, Vote.


Because if we let the First amendment
die, then that only leaves the second. And that way lies madness.


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