Skip to comments.Happy Birthday to the Bill of Rights! (ratified on 15 Dec. 1791)
Posted on 12/14/2009 9:41:48 PM PST by rabscuttle385
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 by law.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 the people.
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.
Thus at least in principle, the BOR may in fact restrict the entire Constitutional list of enumerated powers; the commerce or supremacy clauses for example.
We all know how that turned out. So much for principle.
Wait a sec there! Where are those “positive rights” Obozo keep yammering about? Where’s the Health Care clause?
Actually, the beginnings of a Federal over-ride of State laws was proposed by Madison (ironically) as the "Fourteenth Article" in that very BOR:
Needless to say, said 14th Article was defeated as an excessive degree of Federal control over the state laws.
We all know how that turned out. So much for principle.
As one of the founders stated, this particular form of government was for “a just and moral people”. In the absence of good faith, it will be weakened, not fortified.
The Bill of Rights is a brilliant piece of jurisprudence, but it is incongruous with a dumbed-down and decadent citizenry.
Happy Birthday Bill of Rights.
You were a good idea. But we’d rather have healthcare...:(
Happy 218th Birthday Bill of Rights, unfortunately the courts and the statists/marxists have cut you out of the Constitution.
I think they cut out the whole constitution, not just the Bill of Rights.
We should have banned scissors...At least in D.C.
ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.
We miss you!
Hmmm...What planet is the author on?
It's the birthday...but, more correctly, a "morbid" birthday. "Mortality" is now the only remaining issue....
When our own representives, who claim to believe in the bill of rights either do not have the guts to stand up for them or do not have the mental power to understand them
lets them get trampled on, what can we do? get them out and get more of thier kind in?
It has been the same way ever since i have had an interest in politics, the liberals will get up a bill with a whole bunch of garbage even they themselves don,t want, so the republicans will fight to get the garbage out and if they get it out they are proud of themselves and the liberals get what they want.
Why don,t the conservetives turn the table on them? or are there any conservetives left? maybe a few republicans and very few democrats.
Yes and the way the first amendment reads is not seperation of church and state but just prevents congress from making any such law, it is supposed to protect the states in the making of thier own laws as in the 10th amendant.
In other words it is directed to congress, not to the states
it does not prevent the states from making any law, and that is good but the judges who think of them selves as Gods makes the laws them selves.
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