December 15th should be a National Holiday

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by Seacowboys, Dec 14, 2007.


  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    December 15, 1791 marks the most momentous day in human history. On that day, the first ten amendments to the then-new United States Constitution were ratified, placing severe limits -- for the first time in in thousands of years -- on the power of government over the individual.
    Those amendments are commonly called the Bill of Rights. Despite what lawyers, judges, politicians, and policemen would prefer that you believe to the contrary, they are the highest law of the land. They are the result of a compromise agreement between two distinct groups within the ranks of America's Founding Fathers, the Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, who wanted a "strong central government" and, led by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, the Anti-Federalists, who didn't.
     
  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Ask any schoolkid to name them..... they'd be lucky to average 2.
     
  3. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Even the most informed among citizens would agree "the government grants you your rights". instead of the people granting certain powers to the goobermint. To think the latter is pretty dangerous thinking in this day and age.
     
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

  5. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    MOST EXCELLENT IDEA, Melbo !!

    A day without the normal chatter for an idea whose time has come again.

    You have my total support on it !!

    Perhaps add a "GET OUT YOUR CONSTITUTION AND SPEND THIS DAY READING IT"
     
  6. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    betcha they would know that Freedom of Speech was one of them
     
  7. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    One thing we need to stress is that you don't have to donate the whole $100. If you can, great but there are some who cannot afford that much. $50, $25, or even $5 will help to raise the total and get the notice from the MSM.

    We have 30,000 pledges to donate now and I would expect the total to be twice that. If we surpass the Nov. 5th total then it will shake up a lot of the "experts".
     
  8. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    fixed on both counts. Tonight at 12 Eastern I'll add the redirects.
    Smart monkeys will be able to get around them if they enter through a google link or something.
     
  9. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    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 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.
    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 defense.
    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 reexamined 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.
     
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

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