To the Defenders of the Faith,
Today is December 15, 2001
and I wonder how many people know that this is one of the most important
historical days in the life of every American citizen? I also wonder why
December 15th has never been federally recognized and celebrated by
merit of its unprecedented significance? For on this very day, in the year 1791,
the quintessential core values of our great republic were established, making
this nation one of the most commanding and powerful countries ever to exist in
the history of the world.
So, what is
the real significance of December 15th? On this day, two hundred and
eleven years ago, Virginia became the eleventh state to ratify the Bill Of
Rights. This indispensable cornerstone of personal sovereignty was President
James Madison’s contribution to the protection of America’s freedoms against any
possible governmental misconduct. Therefore, could it be that this day is not
recognized and celebrated nationally (equal in stature to President’s Day and
the Fourth of July) due to the fact there is a conspiracy afoot? Could this
possibly be a conspiracy perpetrated ultimately to keep the American people from
truly seeing how our government is subversively eroding our fundamental freedoms
on a daily basis? Our inalienable rights, as set forth in the Bill of Rights,
were a brilliantly executed gift from our Founding Fathers. A gift meticulously
designed to guarantee our liberty and justice for all time. Their prophetic
foresight embraced the future to the extent of envisioning the inherent dangers
of a centralized federal government intent on controlling all civic activities
If you agree with me, and sense that something has gone dreadfully awry within our democratic system, then I urge you to read the Bill of Rights once again. Read it to yourself, to your children, and to your friends. Please become reacquainted with the foundational principles originally created to support the greatness of our mighty republic. There is an American legacy of freedom, belonging to you and me that must be preserved now, more than ever. Yet, first you must know your rights in order to uphold them. In the rereading of our Bill of Rights, I am confident that you will acquire a completely new perspective on Homeland Security, The Patriot’s Act, the Department of Defense’s Data-Mining Plan as well as the sale and exchange of our personal information (both medical and financial) between corporations for profit and the federal government for only one purpose: the complete invasion of your privacy, and mine!
As I consider the
volumes of rules, regulations and codes presently being churned out by the
federal government and supported on state and local levels, it becomes obvious
to me just how imperative it is for all of us to review the Bill of Rights. In
so doing, we are empowered to determine for ourselves what is legal and illegal
according to the vision of true freedom as first held dear in the minds and
hearts of our Founding Fathers. Let all of us make one resolution part of our
New Year. Let us take the time to write our congressional representatives in
order to establish December 15th as a national day of recognition. By
doing this we all assume our personal responsibility in insuring, “our
inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” And
as we endeavor to rediscover the bedrock of our inalienable rights, may we also
be motivated to gather round the brave military men and women who were willing
to sacrifice their lives to defend those same rights. Please do not forget to
visit a veteran during this Holiday Season. For without their courageous efforts
on our behalf, this great country and all of us might well have known a very
I want to wish you all a very Happy
Holidays. I pray the New Year brings to you a renewed sense of self-worth,
spiritual awareness and a patriotism that inspires the birth of a new
consciousness of global community within the hearts of us all.
p.s. To follow is the original Bill of Rights. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
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.
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