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The Ten Commandments of the US Constitution

June 27, 2009

When the Founding Fathers had defeated the army of England and won their freedom they began building a new nation fro m the ashes and devastation of a war-torn frontier.  They started with a good idea, but soon found flaws in that.  They didn’t give up.  They went back to the drawing board and tried again.  The result was the US Constitution.

The Constitution began with a preamble and ten amendments.  These ten amendments are commonly known as the Bill of Rights.   They are intended to protect the citizens of the new nation from an oppressive government.  How do they protect the citizens?  They do so by limiting governments rights, government including all three branches, the legislative, executive and judicial.   By doing so they could more reasonably be called the “Ten Commandments of the US Constitution.”

By now I would hope we all know how the Fathers wrote these ten amendments.  Maybe now it is time to rewrite them in a way that our elected officials can understand. 

Thou shalt make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Thou shalt not infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms to maintain security of the state from oppressive government, or any other enemy of the state.

Thou shalt not, in time of peace, quarter soldiers in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Thou shalt not violate the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.

Thou shalt not hold any person 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 thou subject any person for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;  nor shall thou compel any person, in any criminal case, to be a witness against himself, nor to be deprived of life, liberty,  or property, without due process of the law; nor shall thou take private property for public use, without just compensation.

Thou shall in all criminal cases, allow the accused to 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 assistance of counsel for his defense.

Thou shall in suits in common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, preserve the right of trial by jury, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Thou shall not require excessive bail, impose excessive fines, nor inflict cruel or unusual punishments.

Thou shall not construe the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Thou shall recognize and accept that 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.

Throughout the twentieth century, and now into the twenty-first century, Government has forgotten, or flat-out ignored, its place.  It has consistently passed laws contrary to the Constitution, the will of the people, and the intent of the Founding Fathers.

The first Commandment says, specifically, “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  It does not say that Government has the right to suppress and deny religion.  There is no “Church of the United States.”  That would be unconstitutional.  How did we come to the point that it is “unconstitutional” to display the Ten Commandants in the public square?  To display Nativity scenes in the public parks or at the county courthouses?  How does Government, constitutionally, deny students rights to “free exercise” of religion in school, to the extent that they are forbidden a moment of silence to pray to the God of their choice if they choose to do so?

“Abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press?”  Banned by the first Commandment of the Constitution.   But Congress talks about and proposes controlling the press with the “Fairness Doctrine.” 

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  But it is infringed upon.  It is infringed upon to the point of almost completely doing away with the right to keep and bear arms.  More people are denied this right with each gun control law passed.  While Government claims it merely wants to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, the driving force behind gun control laws comes from anti-gun groups that make no bones about the fact that they don’t want people to own guns.  The Government has an ulterior motive to deny gun ownership by its citizens.  It was an armed citizenry that stood up to and defeated the English army in 1776, giving birth this nation, and it is the armed citizenry that can rise up and defeat this Government now.  That was the purpose of the second Commandment, and it is the reason this Government must bypass this Commandment.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”  This Commandment was violated with the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision.  Since its founding, there has been the understanding in this nation that people have the right to own their homes, eminent domain was used to take land at a minimal price from private holders for the purpose of public good, roads, schools, hospitals.  Under the Kelo decision it became possible for Government to steal private property from land owners, and give it to wealthy developers for the express purpose of increasing tax revenue.  It is hard to be secured in your home when Government can come and steal your home from you, just to give it to someone else who happens to have more money than you do.  This decision also violated the fifth Commandment, “nor shall thou take private property for public use, without just compensation.”

The eighth Commandment should prohibit excessive taxation.  “Not require excessive bail, impose excessive fines, nor inflict cruel or unusual punishments.”  What is taxation but excessive fines for merely being an American, choosing to engage in activities which, while legal, are out of favor with Government, such as smoking?  Taxes are commonly used to deter activities that the Government wishes to prevent, such as increasingly excessive taxes on the purchase of firearms and ammunition.

The ninth Commandment, “shall not construe the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, to deny or disparage others retained by the people” can only mean that the rights of the people and the limits of Government are not limited only by what is in the Constitution, the people have other rights and Government has other limitations.  Government ignores this Commandment all together, usurping still more power for itself, while continually limiting the rights of the people.

“Thou shall recognize and accept that 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.”  Government uses money stolen from the people as “taxes” to bribe and blackmail states into sacrificing their power to the Government.  The recent stimulus bill is the perfect example of this process.  The Government included stimulus money to the states, with strings attached.  For the states whose governors refused the stimulus money due to the strings, Government included provisions which allowed state legislatures to bypass their respective governors and accept the stimulus money with the governors approval.  The rights of the states and the people are no longer relevant to Government, all that matters is Government’s unquenchable thirst for power and control.

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  And you, our esteemed leaders in Washington are absolutely corrupt.  The people are getting angry, they want their rights, their nation, and their government back.  Government needs to repent now, remember their place, and start acting like the Government of the people again.  If they fail to do so, this nation will need to be washed in the blood of its own citizens, again.

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