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Freedoms, Filters, and Fools
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:24:35 pm »
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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 defence.

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 re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

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

Amendment IX

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

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.



To avoid a wall-0-text I will only post the original bill of rights here.


Freedoms
We have freedoms, guaranteed to us. I hope every citizen fully understands and exercises these rights.
If you choose to surrender these rights you are quite literally pissing in the blood of every person who sacrificed, suffered or died earning them.


In the less than humble opinion of the author, this includes the Patriot Act, and every other action tolerated by Americans to make them feel safer. This country wasn't founded on the principle of safety but instead on the principle of freedom.



Filters

Having said this, I also think some filters should be considered. Just one example is the Westboro Baptist Church. A simple filter should be used instead of protesting a soldiers funeral and adding more pain to a grieving family.

With great freedom comes great responsibility. What have we done with our common sense? When did it become a daily part of our lives to be hurtful?


Fools

We will always be blessed with plenty of fools. Fools who either waive their rights or abuse them. They are easy to spot. They will be standing in front of a camera screeching idiocy.



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