When the authors of the Constitution originally discussed these declared rights of the people, some felt they did not need to be written as they were obvious and assumed. To some, it seemed redundant, if not rather silly, to officially protect free speech, for example; because no power was given to the government that could ever impede speech. In other words, they felt these specific rights ‘went without saying.’ However, to make doubly sure these were never violated, they ultimately determined it best to write them down.
Thus, the sole purpose of the Bill of Rights was to make sure there could be absolutely no question whether the government could undermine these freedoms. Today, however, the question becomes rhetorical. Today, we have NO RIGHTS!
Amendments Five through Eight consider similar protections to the Fourth Amendment, dealing with matters of justice. In a nutshell, these together ensured that people could not be made to be accountable for capital crimes without an indictment, nor be tried twice for the same crime. Further, they could not be forced to testify against themselves; or be punished or fined in any way, without due process.
An individual could not be made to give up property of any kind without fair compensation. The only exceptions to this are cases in the military or concerning the militia during war or danger. People were entitled by right to a speedy, public trial, by an impartial jury, in the place where the crime allegedly occurred. That district must have already informed the person of the accusation and must allow them the assistance of counsel and any witnesses, in a manner consistent with the law.
Any crime involving a sum more than $20 was guaranteed a jury trial, and the jury’s verdict would stand unless it was outside of “common law.” Excessive bail, fines, and punishments were not allowed. This is the “cruel and unusual punishment” language many of us are familiar with.
Indeed, just as with the Fourth Amendment, the NDAA violates all of these rights by allowing warrantless detention; without indictment, trial, jury, evidence, witnesses, counsel, or any semblance of due process. Further, it is itself punishment and loss of liberty.
Additionally, the protection from loss of private property without fair compensation is violated by the NDRA provision for seizing resources from citizens with no mention of compensation. Worse still, the NDRP ‘use of labor’ clause essentially reinstates slavery by allowing the government to assign us jobs without compensation.
In regards to the 9th and 10th Amendments, these indicate that, although these are the only rights listed, they certainly are not the only rights of citizens. The government, on the other hand, has only those rights or powers expressly written. All other power belongs to the states first and the citizens second. These two certainly have gone out the proverbial window.
Let’s entertain, for a moment, a scenario in which the fullness of the NDAA (Defense Authorization), NDRP (Defense Resources & Preparedness), Patriot Act/Kill List, HR 347 (Protected Places Act), and PPACA (Obamacare) all become implemented to the greatest possible extent…
Let’s say your boss, being forced to provide you with Obamacare because you work over 30 hours weekly, decides to cut your hours to 20 and hire another part-time employee to work those remaining hours (this is really happening across the country).
Ok, so now with the reduced wages, you are a bit unhappy, unable to pay your monthly housing costs. You are barely keeping afloat. Extra purchases like food are becoming hard to manage, but there is a sale, so you go get what you can. You come home with sufficient food, for a change. You put your groceries away. Very soon after this, there is a knock at your door.
It is the commander of a military troop. He tells you they are in the area for the next two weeks and some of his soldiers will be quartering in your home. By the time they leave, all the food you had is gone. You are very angry.
You join up with some neighbors who endured a similar fate and conduct a peaceful protest march. As you pass by a hotel down the street, you decide to run back in to use the restroom. Upon exiting, a Secret Service detail approaches you and tells you that you are being arrested because there is a foreign diplomat staying there under his protection.
Several hours later, your spouse arranges your release. He is justifiably angry. As you exit the police station, he is heard saying “This is a joke and so is the guy who made this law!” The deputy behind the desk informs the Department of Homeland Security, and your name and your husband’s names are added to a list of potential terrorists.
Several days go by and you are beginning to put the incident behind you. Your anger has subsided for the most part. Suddenly, as the two of you leave the house one evening, your husband is shot by a sniper hiding in the bushes and you are grabbed, thrown in a white FEMA van, and whisked off to a detainment camp…where you spend the next ten years missing the childhoods of your children, and missing your deceased spouse.
Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? Yes. It certainly does. Will it happen to you next week for real? I seriously doubt it. Could it happen several years from now? It certainly could. Would it happen if Hitler’s grandson was elected president of the US? I’d probably bet money on that one. If it ever does happen, will it be legal? 100%. And…now you know why they don’t want you to have effective weaponry…
From the beginning, one sees that the intent was freedom for the people with limited government involvement. In section one of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was the model for the opening of the Constitution/Bill of Rights, states:
“That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.”
Remember, Obama swore upon a Bible he would “protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” So, why did he sign a law that nullifies the Bill of Rights? Perhaps it is because we no longer have our original Constitution. In today’s world, ‘domestic enemies’ means us.