The Bill of Rights

For the folks who are addicted to their television sets, you really need to start thinking for yourselves. This is especially true about such an important matter as your government. I would implore you to stop watching 24 hour news channels all together and start getting your news from a local channel or even better, printed media or the Internet. Just get the facts and form your own opinion. You are smart enough. You don’t need some talk show host trying to teach you how to think.

Here is some interesting reading and its not very long.  It is the U.S. Bill of Rights. It is comprised of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or even a CNN talk show host to interpret it for you. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to read and how much sense it makes.

By reading and studying this for yourself you will be doing exactly what many in government and the news media do not want you to do. Think for yourself! Enjoy.



The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

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.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Amendment I

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.

Amendment II

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.

Amendment III

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.

Amendment IV

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.

Amendment V

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.

Amendment VI

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.

Amendment VII

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.

Amendment VIII

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

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

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.




The National Press, Destroying Our Country?

The first amendment prohibits infringing on the freedom of the press. Rupert Murdock (Fox News) and Ted Turner (CNN) control the national news reporting in this country. They not only tell people what the news is, but go to great links to spin the news in any way they see fit.  They have experts on twenty-four hours a day constantly telling people how they should think.  Most people watch the channel of their choice and have the illusion of thinking for themselves. There are so many more choices and ideas than these “news” channels offer us. Back in the old days, news was reported and opinions were for the most part left out. I have always believed in freedom of the press, but I’m not sure that such unbridled freedom by such big news organizations are good for our country. I believe the news monopolies should be broken up and that the press should not be allowed to grow into huge billion dollar companies. I’m not sure how it should be structured, but some control is needed. Murdock,  the owner of Fox News isn’t even an American, yet we willingly believe what he is selling in our living rooms. I believe the news corporations are  polarizing and paralyzing our country more that congress ever did. </p