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America's Freedoms

Since the beginning of time, the overwhelming majority of people living in the world have never experienced the kind of liberty and freedom that people take for granted every day in this country. Historically, most people have lived in fear of their leaders. Most people have feared whoever happened to hold power over them.

When Republicans speak of "American Exceptionalism" this is what they mean. No other country in the world has given its citizens the kind of soveriegnty over their own lives that the Founding Fathers did (even taking into account the blight of slavery -- which the Democrat party supported and bloodily defended).

Once the shackles of government were removed from the American people, they responded with an explosion of industry and creativity the likes of which the world had never seen before, accumulating more freedom and more prosperity for more people in a shorter time than any other system of government.

The Bill of Rights -- as codified in the first ten amendments to the constitution -- is a crucial reason for our success. Each amendment is an order for government to "back off". Opponents of this form of government, like Barack Obama, long for the day when no-one will ever tell the government to "back off". Obama and his supporters speak of this day in a manner calculated to appeal to the innocent and the gullible -- in the language of freedom. But it is nothing of the sort.

A government unbound will not work for the betterment of its citizens. It will not work to keep them free. It will work to enslave them. Slavery and tyranny are the natural order of things. If all of human history tells us anything, it tells us that. That is what the Founding Fathers knew, and that is what we must remember. Think about that as you peruse the text of the Bill of Rights below.

1st
Amendment
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.
2nd
Amendment
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.
3rd
Amendment
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.
4th
Amendment
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.
5th
Amendment
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 offence 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.
6th
Amendment
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.
7th
Amendment
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.
8th
Amendment
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
9th
Amendment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
10th
Amendment

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.

 

 

 


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