What good is our constitution and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, if the courts and our elected officials don’t uphold it? Is “freedom”, as Janis Joplin said in her song, Me & Bobby McGee. just another word? To this humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in, it does seem that we are losing our freedoms at such an alarming rate that maybe freedom is just another word of little significance. Let’s review some of our guaranteed rights.
The First Amendment
Freedom Of Religion _ In this once Judeo-Christian nation, it seems to me that the only people who still enjoy that right are atheists and Muslims.
Freedom of Speech _ This right now only applies to those people who are careful not to use any politically incorrect words that could potentially offend someone else. Once the bastions of free speech and ideas, our universities now have designated Free Speech Zones outside of which free speech is not condoned.
Free Press _ Not since Eric Holder has been our Atttorney General.
The Second Amendment
The Right to Bare Arms _ Every state and city has infringed upon this right to some degree. In some parts of the country it is almost impossible to exercise this right guaranteed by the constitution.
The Fourth & Sixth Amendments
The Right Not to be Subject to Unreasonable Search and Seizure, The Right to a Speedy Trial by an Impartial Jury, The Right to be Informed of the Criminal Charges, The Right to Confront Witnesses, The Right to Compel Witnesses to Appear, The Right to an Attorney _
These rights were effectively nullified with the passage of the unpatriotic Patriot Act, which gave us the DHS, TSA, FISA and an NSA that can do whatever it wants.
The Fifth Amendment
The Right not 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 _ “These days there are hundreds of local, state, and federal agencies that can confiscate your assets, levy your bank account, and freeze you out of your life’s savings. None of this requires a court order.” (Source) And, of course, under the Patriot Act and NDAA, if the government “accuses” a citizen of terrorism, that citizen has no rights… period!
The Ninth & Tenth Amendments
The Enumerated Rights of the Federal Government Shall Not be Construed to Deny the Rights 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 the people _ A multitude of alphabet-soup agencies created by our Congress and directed by our Presidents have run roughshod over the rights of the States and their citizens for decades.
When every right and protection you have can be disregarded in their sole discretion, one really has to wonder how anyone can call it a ‘free country’ any more. (Source)
“Freedom” once was a concept that held the hearts and souls of average Americans. Today, with the exception of the conservatives and libertarians, freedom is just another word.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?