The American Constitution

Throughout the ages, men have suffered death rather than subordinate their allegiance to God to the authority of The State. Freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment is the product of that struggle. The right wing-insanity of today wishes to take away all the freedoms that have made America great in God's eyes. We now live in a totalitarian society that has put a police state and military in place that looks upon the American people as their enemy. Protestors are fired upon, speaking out against injustice and being against war is now considered traitorous, freedom of religion is now controlled as an evil. No longer can a policeman look upon themselves a servant to the people, they have become a law unto themselves and above the private citizen; outside of their own, every one is an enemy. The toleration that the Constitution provided for has now been trampled on by a zero tolerance mentality.

The managing of our society should be organized to unite this great country as the Constitution provides; to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty and our posterity. The police state that that we live in today has made a mockery of the Constitution. To disrespect a police officer or to speak out against the administration is to give up these rights. Millions of non-violent drug offenders are spending their time in jails and prisons and mixed with thieves and murderers. The drug war is unconstitutional, expensive, failing miserably and yet is supported by a new generaton of hate-mongers in society that don't care about the constitution unless it affects them personally. The government is a constant intrusion on people's lives and actions.

Freedom is now just a catch phrase for those that have money enough to be of a privileged class. The alienated and disenfranchised know exactly what is being said here. The original Constitution and the Bill of Rights protected the rights and liberties of all Americans. In truth, it offered no protection to the approximately 700,000 persons held in slavery at the birth of the nation. Negroes were not intended to be included under the word "citizens." Much has been done to correct those areas, but much more is needed before right-wing intolerance is brought into truth and justice. It may never happen and just get worse but God will have His way with them. Worse times are indeed coming. Get out of Babylon my people, before you are judged with her.

McCarthy - The First Amendment to the Constitution is an affirmation of civil liberties and also of personal liberties. The argument of conservatives is essentially an argument against majority rule. The men who drafted the Constitution were, of course, concerned with the arbitrary rule of the majority and did attempt to set up some defenses for the minority. The ultimate defense was that provided for in the Constitution itself primarily in the Bill of Rights.

God is not dead, he is alive and well in the Department of Justice. The Presidency has become a government in itself. Its inner workings should be regulated by law rather than executive privilege but good laws need to be passed, not just ones that protect the priveledged classes. Some deliberate ambiguities were left in the Constitution, but not to justify executive privilege where corruption is alleged, as with the CIA, the White House, ITT and FBI activities.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

  • Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.
  • Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

  • Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.
  • Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
  • Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
  • Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
  • Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
  • At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
  • Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
  • John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
  • Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

      Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education strengthened by the love and support of equally courageous women. They had security and love, but they valued liberty for their families more.

      Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:

      "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

      They gave each of us a free and independent America.

      The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects, or secondary citizens, at that time and we fought our own government!

      Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July Holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

      Remember: Freedom is never free.

      It's hard to fathom what these people did so long ago. Ask yourself: Could you sign your own death warrant in the name of freedom? Could you sign your children's death warrant? Could you stand to lose all that you had worked so hard for in the name of a dream, not even a guarantee, of freedom for your family and your neighbors? In these modern days, I doubt that such bravery, vision and thirst for freedom exists. We have become a society of takers believing that comfort is a given. In fact, our freedoms of today are as a direct result of these men and women, our forefathers, making a collective stand in the face of certain death in order to establish our birthright... freedom.
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