Exercising My Rights

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. If you don’t use it it’s going to rust. Or, more likely, the government will try to take them away, limit them, or bypass them.

Article [I] (Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion) 

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.

I exercise that right here, in this place. As you saw in my photos, I exercise other aspects of this as well.

Article [II] (Amendment 2 – Bearing Arms)

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.

Yeah. I exercise that one as well. I own and shoot firearms.

Article [III] (Amendment 3 – Quartering Soldiers)

Nope. Just me and the wife.

Article [IV] (Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure)

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.

This one just makes me angry. Three words.Mass Data Collection. I might add that our founding fathers never envisioned private companies with the power of governments, the same ability to invade the citizenry’s privacy and security.

Article [V] (Amendment 5 – Rights of Persons)

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.

Article [VI] (Amendment 6 – Rights of Accused in Criminal Prosecutions)

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.

Article [VII] (Amendment 7 – Civil Trials)

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.

Article [VIII] (Amendment 8 – Further Guarantees in Criminal Cases)

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

Article [IX] (Amendment 9 РUn-enumerated Rights)

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

That means, just because a right isn’t specifically written out in the Constitution, doesn’t mean you don’t have that right, as well.

Article [X] (Amendment 10 – Reserved Powers)

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 preceding were ratified on 12/15/1791 and are what is commonly referred to as The Bill Of Rights . The following amendments were ratified later, at different times. The 18th and 21st cancel each other out (prohibition).

[Article XI] (Amendment 11 – Suits Against States)

[Article XII] (Amendment 12 – Election of President)

This one lays out the electoral college

Article XIII (Amendment 13 – Slavery and Involuntary Servitude)

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction  Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation

Article XIV (Amendment 14 – Rights Guaranteed: Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection)

Article XV (Amendment 15 – Rights of Citizens to Vote)

Article XVI (Amendment 16 – Income Tax)

[Article XVII] (Amendment 17 – Popular Election of Senators)

Article [XVIII] (Amendment 18 – Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors)

Article [XIX] (Amendment 19 – Women’s Suffrage Rights)

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Article [XX] (Amendment 20 – Terms of President, Vice President, Members of Congress: Presidential Vacancy)

Article [XXI] (Amendment 21 – Repeal of Eighteenth Amendment)

Amendment XXII (Amendment 22 – Presidential Tenure)

Amendment XXIII (Amendment 23 – Presidential Electors for the District of Columbia)

Amendment XXIV (Amendment 24 – Abolition of the Poll Tax Qualification in Federal Elections)

Amendment XXV (Amendment 25 – Presidential Vacancy, Disability, and Inability)

Amendment XXVI (Amendment 26 – Reduction of Voting Age Qualification)

1: The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.

2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXVII (Amendment 27 – Congressional Pay Limitation)

No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.