Thursday, December 15, 2011

My take on the 'Bill of Rights'

Here is my personal take, on the original 'Bill of Rights' as given to us by our Founding Fathers in our U S Constitution...
   ( My comments in italics )

Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition 

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.

---I can worship or not of my own choosing without punishment. I can choose to worship what I want. I can say what I want as long as it is truth or not against anothers right. I may assemble with others to say my piece or to observe, and I may petition the government for change.---

Right to keep and 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.

---I may possess and maintain personal firearms and am free to own and use them as long as I do not violate criminal laws by thier use.---

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.
    ---The government cannot house soldiers in my property without my permission nor without compensation for the use.---

    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.
      ---No government official, acting in official capasity, can come into my home, collect any property or harrass me or my guests into statements, without a due processed warrent given by legal reasoning and securing said search and confiscation of proerty. And if said warrent was given without proper due cause and under false statement, I can address the government body with petition and legal defence.---

      Provisons 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.
          ---I am protected by the laws of the government unless proven guilty of accused crimes against me.---

          Right to a speedy trial, witnesses, etc. 

          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.
            ---That if accused, I am allowed a council and jury, an impartial judge to hear facts of witness and evidence on both parts of the case and to be held in such process in a timely manner.---

            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.

            ---That I can request a jury trial of common folk to hear my case.---

            Excessive bail, cruel punishment 

            Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
              ---That I will be treated fairly and justly in all cases against my person.---

              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.
                ---That these rights, given to me by the Nations Government, are to be ensured and protected by the government, the officers there of, and by the people there given unto.----

                Rights of the States under 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.
                  ---That when there is doubt to the coverage of Law, or to the jurisdiction there of, or the ability to uphold or enforce, that the States and or the People, by vote and judicial proceedure, can set presidence and incure laws and enforcement that would be just.---

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