Meaning of & Purpose of The Amendments of the Bill of Rights

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Meaning of & Purpose of The Amendments of the Bill of Rights

Meaning of & Purpose of The Amendments of the Bill of Rights

Meaning of & Purpose of The Amendments of the Bill of Rights

Meaning of & Purpose of The Amendments of the Bill of Rights


I have stressed my libertarian political views to you in a previous post.  I have made posts about guns as well.  These are typical for prepper blogs.  Today, I hope is not really typical.

I constantly hear things like, “that violates my 2nd amendment right”, or “the police search after the bombing in Boston was a violation of the 4th amendment.”  But how well do we really step back for a moment, do we really know the amendments like we should?  An easy question for many, but did you know that the 2nd Amendment isn’t just about your personal right to bear arms.  It also includes provisions for a Militia’s arms!  Did you know that the first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights?  Did you know that there are 27 Ratified amendments? How about that there are six proposed/ungratified amendments, one that has been around since 1789?  That’s 223 years old!

Since there are many amendments, I want to step back and review the first ten of them with a liberty mindset and understand what they really mean.  The Bill of Rights are the most well known, because they typically cover the core rights and protections that citizens have in our country.  Sure there are later ones such as the 13th Amendment that spell out rights, but all they are doing is explaining that other people are equal citizens as well.

The Bill of Rights:

  1. (Article the Third) 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.
    1. The government can’t place one religion over another, can’t stop people from practicing their religion, can’t stop free speech or news sources, can’t stop me from getting a group together on the public streets in front of the white house and yelling, “Government officials are crooks!” or to complain for being such idiots.
  2. 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.
    1. The state here is not Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, or Vermont.  It is the community of people, no matter how big or small.
    2. People have the right to own and CARRY their weapons, and to assemble into a citizen based militia for the purpose to oppose any force attempting to take away their freedoms.
  3. 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.
    1. Soldiers can’t force me to give them rest in my home during peace or war time… one exception: If the law has said to allow them in during these times, guess what, you gotta follow the law.
  4. 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.
    1. You have the right to not be searched, have your home, documents, or properties searched without a warrant that is only issued for a real suspected reason based on evidence, an oath or witness statement that names that exact person, place, or thing.
    2. There is an exception here… martial law, which is the LAWFUL forceful law that kinda removes some rights.  Guess what was done in Boston.  I don’t think Martial Law was needed after the bombing, but once the threat was over, it was properly relinquished and performed properly.
  5. 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.
    1. The government can’t make you pay the price of a capital or famous crime without a Grand Jury indictment unless in war time, and you are in an armed force or militia.  They can’t get you on the same crime twice.  If you go to court and are innocent, you cannot go back for that crime… don’t think you cant be held with another crime related to the one you were innocent for.  They cannot take your property without the law allowing it, and if taken for public use, compensation must be provided, and not a dollar for 100 acres.  The payment has to be comparable.
  6. 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.
    1. If you are accused, they have to make it fast and public if you request it, and the decision makers must be neutral.  They have to tell you what you did, and how bad it is.  They have to tell you who is witnessed against you and give you a chance to get your own beneficial witnesses to prove you innocent.  You also have a right to attorneys.
  7. 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.
    1. in lawsuits bigger than 20 bucks, you have a right to a jury and not have the issue brought up again, unless the common law states.
  8. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
    1. A bail will not be so big, for the reason of you not being able to pay it, and it must fit the crime.  We can’t be cruel and kill you because you ran a stop sign.
  9. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
    1. You can’t use one right in the constitution to get rid of the other one.
  10. 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.”
    1. If the constitution doesn’t say a state can’t do something, but the Federal Government can’t, that something is meant for the state or people, not Fed Gov.

I hope this was informative for you.  You probably didn’t need my take on it, but the main reason for the post is to make you look at some important government historical documents, that FULLY affects your rights.  If you like me visiting stuff like this in my posts, or not, let me know by email.

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Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

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