This is your “liberal bashing” warning. If you’re a lib and you don’t want to be bashed, stop reading right now…because you’re not going to appreciate what I have to say.
Our Bill of Rights has been bastardized by the left. And it’s not their fault, it’s conservatives and moderates who are to blame. We let them do it. I thought about this one today, and the more I thought about it, the angrier I got. They’ve taken what was a brilliantly written document, and totally trashed it…changing meanings, mis-interpreting it into their own gobbledegook language, and making up crap about it being a “living and breathing document”. Want proof? Step by step, here we go!
1st Amendment: Freedom of Speech, Press & Religion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free expression thereof”. Notice what it says…Congress shall make no LAW. That does not mean that you have a freedom FROM religion. It means you have freedom OF religion. The Supreme Court, when packed with liberals forgot basic English when they made the decision of “separation of church and state”. There is nothing of the sort in the Constitution. You can express religion any way you want…any religion you want. Congress can’t establish one religion over another, but they can’t stop someone (or some city, state, or government) from expressing their religious values. Athiests do not have a right to tear down a manger at Christmastime. Nor do they have a right to stop prayer in schools. Or in government. We are free to express our religion in any way we choose.
2nd Amendment: The Right To Keep & Bear Arms: “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. ” Seems to me this is pretty self explanatory. It doesn’t say anything about hand guns, rifles, automatic rifles, machine guns, or bazookas. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Period. That means you get to keep and bear arms. There’s nothing in the amendment that says what kind of arms, how many, what you have to do to pass tests in order to own them. It shall not be infringed. If the left only cared about this amendment as much as the others, we’d be a much safer society. Don’t believe me? Ask the guy in Oklahoma who stopped that Islamic fanatic after he beheaded that woman this past weekend.
3rd Amendment: Conditions For Quarters of Soldiers:“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. ” I don’t think anyone has much of a problem with this one.
4th Amendment: Right of Search And Seizure Regulated: “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 Supreme Court found correctly in Riley v. California that you can’t search a cell phone’s data without probable cause and a warrant. This has been tested many times and the courts seem to side with the individual (at least the Supreme Court did in Riley…reversing the appeals court). It follows the legal philosophy that it’s better to let a hundred guilty go free than to imprison one innocent man.
5th Amendment: Provisions Concerning Prosecution: “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. ” There’s a lot here. Suffice it to say that we’d pretty much agree with the Grand Jury indictment portion, the military cases portion, and the double jeopardy clause. Also the private property confiscation clause. But the one that seems to get people riled up and abused is the “taking the fifth” clause of being a witness against himself. Lois Lerner’s taking the fifth is an extreme example of the left wanting to make their case of innocence without answering any questions under this amendment. It’s stretching the amendment to the point of ripping the paper it’s printed on.
6th Amendment: Right To A Speedy Trial: “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. ” Blame the left for ripping this one off the page. Defense attorneys (typically 90% liberal), have always sought to push trial dates back…keeping the accused free for as long as possible. It’s funny because this was originally intended to help the accused. Now it’s there as an excuse. The defense is always trying to get more time to make their case stronger…and keeping their client free longer.
7th Amendment: Right To A Trial By Jury: “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. ” Well, if you take this at face value, no “common law” suits should be able to be appealed. The appeals judges and defense attorneys have sought to basically make that a thing of the past. This would stop a lot of cases from ever getting to the Supreme Court in the first case. Basically, if a jury decides it, it’s a done deal. No appeal.
8th Amendment: Cruel & Unusual Punishment: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. ” The left has really torn this one apart. They have made “cruel & unusual punishment” something other than total freedom. If someone goes on a killing spree, kills 24 people and is found guilty, his attorneys love to claim “cruel & unusual punishment” if the lethal injection doesn’t kill him in 30 seconds. Totally a bastardization of the amendment.
9th Amendment: Rule Of Construction Of Constitution: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. ” The left loves to abuse this amendment. Basically, you have rights other than those in the Constitution. And you can’t be denied those rights because of the Constitution. The left uses this amendment to complain that they can basically do anything they want. You want to know where “patient rights”, the “airline travelers bill of rights” and all of the “rights” come from the left loves to promote? It’s here!
10th Amendment: Rights Of States Under The Constitution:”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. ” You want to know why Obamacare is really illegal? This is why! There is no power (other than taxation) for the US government to make you buy health insurance. Oh, they can tax you however they want (even though they didn’t want to call it a tax). But if it’s not in the constitution, the states have the power over the federal government. The left HATES this amendment because they want the federal government to control every aspect in your life…and they can’t get around the 10th amendment!
There you have it. The left has bastardized, by my unofficial count eight of the ten amendments. I just want to know what their punishment should be for treason…because that’s what going against the US Constitution is…treason. Isn’t it death? Hmmm…
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!