I am no constitutional scholar, but...

hedgeless_horseman's picture

I am no constitutional scholar, but taking a quick look at some of the Bill of Rights, I see obvious contradictions in the world around me.


Second:  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.

...except in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Colorado, California, etc.? 


Fourth:  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.

Are those Americans working at the NSA totally unaware of this Right?


Fifth:  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.

Have our legislators that passed the NDAA that includes the We can Kill Americans at Will if We Think They're Terrorists, and the courts that affirmed it, ever read the Fifth Amendment? 


Sixth:  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.

Pray for those poor souls in Guantanamo Bay Hell, in perpetuity.


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

Please repeat after me, "water boarding is not cruel and unusual, it is fun and commonplace."


Tenth:  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.

...except for requiring citizens to purchase health insurance?


Consider becoming a Libertarian.  Learn what we stand for by reading the party platform.  Even better, educate your neighbors by running for office as a Libertarian.  It is (probably) not too late.  No raindrop ever believes that it is responsible for the flood.

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Dark Space's picture

Jail isn't "fun and commonplace" either. To be fair at the writing of the constitution common punishments included hanging to death (even for property crimes), branding (branding even on the face was common at the time the constitution was signed and was carried out as recently as 1864), and public lashings... "cruel and unusual" is subjective, and I think there is a legitimate argument that water boarding doesn't fit that defintion even when held up against the four principles laid out in Furman v Georgia.

Other than that one, I'm on the same page 100%.

Ranger_Will's picture

I used to worship the Constitution, but now it seems to me that while it was the best idea for a government ever concieved, it failed.  Laws will never restrain the lawless.  Just as taking away guns only punishes good people, the laws of the Constitution become slowly circumvented by the corrupt leaders in each branch of governance.  The real solution is to get rid of as much Government as possible.  I for one will never officially join a party again.  The problem with the "L" party is that even it isn't immune to corruption towards political ends although it may very well be the best hope.

But for me? I say vote Anarchist.