Today is the 220th Anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights as the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.
We should all celebrate by:
assembling, speaking, publishing, worshiping (or choosing NOT to), possessing and carrying arms, denying quartering of troops in our homes, denying searches without warrant, not incriminating ourselves, demanding a jury trial, protesting ‘cruel and unusual punishment’, and retaining and exercising our rights as ‘the people’.
Anything less would be silly, or perhaps treasonous.
Of course, our government has placed restrictions on these rights. How did that happen?
THIS JUST IN, AN ADDENDUM TO THIS POST -
Habe Corpussle (1968) Posie lawyer and owner of J & X Florist shop. Hid Posie from the Police. Also Lawyer for “Human hair gang”. (Dick Tracy)
NO JOKE –
Celebrating Bill of Rights Day by Waving Goodbye to Your Rights (by Left Coast Rebel)
… In case you were distracted by events in the Russian elections recently, I’ll tell you what you missed here at home that might remind one of what happens routinely in Russia.
The right of Habeas Corpus was just suspended.
As part of the defense authorisation bill that funds the US military, the President himself can decide to detain anyone, American citizens included, indefinitely – perhaps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - if he suspects that they are a terrorist. And he would use the military itself to do so. On suspicion alone, no formal arrest, no rights given, no attorney, no arraignment, no trial, no judge, no jury.
Passed on Bill of Rights Day! Can you say IRONY? Sure you can…
h/t No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money, Cato @ Liberty, Clayton Cramer’s Blog, and especially Rev. Paul et al