This new year’s day of 2013, we have to acknowledge what has been ushered in for this next year. What I am about lay out is not about doom and gloom, but about facing reality and planning and preparing with hope for the future, for we must not forget.
In 2012 we have lost and are in the middle of losing a majority of the original Bill of Rights. The original 10 were written to protect the right of the citizens, to bind Congress, the President and the Supreme Court to keeping guard of these rights. But the majority of the people have given up that responsibility, not because they wanted to but because they were taught to. It has taken generations, close to 100 years to do it, but by an ever defiant and unwavering movement of evil, we can see them slowly succeeding.
Starting with the 1st Amendment. “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.”
In 2010 with the passing of the Affordable Health Care Act, businesses, private schools and hospitals are currently fighting the clause of having to provide contraception even if it violates their exercise of religious freedom. Hobby Lobby is currently facing $1 billion fine a day, because they refuse to pay for contraception based on a religious conviction. The Obama Administration came out three days ago saying that the 1st Amendment allows it (the Government) “to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings… The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually all health care plans to cover, without co-pay, sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs…The first argument the administration makes against the owners of Hobby Lobby is that Americans lose their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion when they form a corporation and engage in commerce. A person’s Christianity, the administration argues, cannot be carried out through activities he engages in through an incorporated business… The second argument the administration makes to justify forcing Christians to act against their faith is more sweeping. Here the administration argues it can force a person to act against his religion so long as the coercion is done under the authority of a law that is neutral and generally applicable—in other words, as long as the law was not written specifically to persecute Christians as Christians, the government can use that law to persecute Christians.” cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-administration-we-can-and-will-force-christians-act-against-their-faith
In regards to the freedom of speech: the press has willingly gone along with the destruction of this. The press was a safe guard for the people telling them of the possible corruption and laws that would be brought against them. But with individuals who are just as corrupt, willing to fight for the cause of tyranny, the whole truth has not been told. Truth mingled with lies was been the best way to confuse and exhaust the people of the facts, therefore leaving it up to the “experts”.; With the right to assemble, cities have been issuing permits to assemble, sometimes declining the permit. Except of course when it came to the Occupy Wall Street crowd. And let’s not forget the Executive Order that has outlawed assembling anywhere near the Secret Service, whether you know they are there or not. It used to be that the people could assemble outside the gates of the White House and the Supreme Court. Now they have to be across the street on the green, with permits only.; And forget about petitioning the Government, that’s just a nuisance to them and they swat it with the back of their hands like we are annoying flies! Senator Harry Reid from Nevada once said that he was grateful for the new visitor center for the Capitol to be open. The smell of tourists was just too much in the people’s Capitol. So let’s not pretend our grievances would be acknowledged.
2nd Amendment: 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.
Too many shootings have taken place in America. Too many innocent lives have been stopped to soon. The call for gun control is taking away the right to keep and bear Arms. It is a Right not a privileged to protect ones’ self and family. It is a right to have as many different types of guns, as there are many different uses. With that right comes a profound responsibility, one that the majority of gun owners know about and are prepared for the consequences. The bad guys that carry could care less, about the laws or the consequences. But its not about protecting from the bad guys. The 2nd Amendment is for the people to be protected and rise up against a tyrannical force that is wanting to take away the rights of the people and enslave them. Stalin, Mussolini, General Mao, Hitler, all disarmed the people, with the help of the people thinking that only the military needed the guns. This later part of the year is no different. I am extremely worried with the NRA calling out for laws provided by the government to place guards in our schools. Haven’t we learned our lesson with the TSA? We have traded our freedoms for security, with the TSA becoming more powerful everyday! We have no defense for our children if they get groped for possible weapons, all in the name of security. Allow the teachers to learn to carry and shoot, but for freedom’s sake, don’t allow guards at our children’s schools, run by the government, especially!
3rd Amendment: 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.
In an Executive Order signed this year, President Obama now has the right to declare martial law even in times of peace According to the executive order entitled National Defense Resources Preparedness, in section b) The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.” www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness The most effective way to do this is to implement gun control, and even pass guns laws to confiscate the guns. The first and easiest way to do this is to have the citizens voluntarily give up their weapons, exchange them for money, gift cards, etc. Many cities are doing this right now, costing tax payers millions in the short term and their freedoms in the long term.
4th Amendment: 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.
Last week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was past and extend to 2017. Today, January 1st of 2013, the President signed it into law. First signed into law in 1978 that gave the government persmission to eavesdrop on foreign relations without a warrent, the 2008 version extended that power to U.S. citizens who spoke with anyone overseas either through phone calling, email, or any other form of communication. With the expatriation of this latest version, the new 2012/2013 version has been given more opportunities to spy on Americans within the U.S. boarders who don’t speak with those across the sea.
Senator Mike Lee of Utah was extremely concerned about this violation of the 4th Amendment and in fact introduced 3 amendments to the bill to ensure the privacy of American citizens.
“I worry that in seeking to achieve temporary safety, some of the authorities we have given the government under FISA may compromise essential rights and liberties. In particular, I am concerned about the government’s ability—without a warrant—to search through FISA materials for communications involving individual American citizens. I worry that this authority is inconsistent with and diminishes the essential constitutional right that each of us has “to be secure . . . against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
We don’t know the precise number of communications involving American citizens that the government collects, stores, and analyzes under Section 702 of FISA. Whether this number is large or small, I believe we must enforce meaningful protections for circumstances when the government searches through its database of captured communications looking for information on individual American citizens. Otherwise, by means of these so-called “backdoor” searches, the government may conduct significant warrantless surveillance on American persons. I believe this current practice is inconsistent with core Fourth Amendment privacy protections and must be reformed.” You can read all 3 of the Amendments and see Senator Lee introducing the amendments on the Senate floor here: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/blog?ID=11f31a92-874a-4862-bf0a-10ebdc9bdb5c