Taking the time to carefully review and familiarize ourselves with the United States Bill of Rights 1 - 10 & Amendments 11-27, if you're not already.
I feel this is just the first necessary step of many in choosing the next elected officials. If we don't get it right this time around, then we could
really be sending ourselves further up/down #### Creek without a Paddle
(I think you all know the word I omitted).
I am pretty certain who I will be voting for (I will not mention it publicly) and many of you have probably made your minds up as well or are at least
close in making a decision. However, no matter who we choose to be our next state and federally elected officials, I can not think of a better time to
educate ourselves about our rights as US Citizens. If we ever expect to be treated with any amount of respect again (which we are not currently IMO),
we better know what these candidates stand for. Any demands we have and how we will go about making sure said demands are met could be gaged in
advance if we all know who we will be dealing with in the future (I do not intend to come across as a tyrant, I just want some freaking fairness
for everyone for a change)
. In addition to knowing our Bill of Rights and the Amendments, we should research and study the past of every single
candidate's personal and political life...this is our right as well. I want to know what the #### I'm getting myself into or out of next time
After I voted for Obama, my state senators, etc., etc., the heartache I have felt since they took office is undeniable. I have gone through many
emotional transformations about the current administration. Everything from "yeah, now we're gonna take care of business" and the ever so popular "Yes
We Can" to "Boy, what's taking these guys and gals so long" and "Come on people, get it done already" and "I'll be damed, we've been tricked,
had...bamboozled even" to finally "No trickery here, just me who was very well UNINFORMED
about President Obama's Cast & Crews personal and
political past", which pretty much amounted to nothing. Right about now, a hill of beans is worth more than anything a single elected official has
done thus far IMO.
Before I post the Bill of Rights and the Amendments, I would like to say that I am not making an attempt to treat anyone on ATS like they are
ignorant, stupid, crazy or anything of the like. I am just sitting here today at home thinking to myself about the future of our nation and a better
way for us all as US Citizens to get ready for the next election. My conclusion was knowing the Bill of Rights inside and out. It's just the
As they say....just adding my $0.02
The Bill of Rights: A Transcription
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent
misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public
confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that
the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of
which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution;
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of
the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified
December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
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
Bill of Rights 1 - 10
Amendments 11 - 27 listed in the following post
edit on 12/8/11 by ThePublicEnemyNo1 because: (no reason given)