Yesterday, I wrote about the goings on in Clark County, Nevada at the Bundy Ranch. I discussed that the Bureau of Land Management came in to enforce a lawsuit decision that stemmed from the government’s desire to protect the desert tortoise. He has been in dispute with the federal government since 1993.
The most recent story I’ve seen of police officers attacking American’s rights is a story on The Blaze. It wasn’t an officer tazing or shooting an unarmed or non-threatening man, or an officer bullying a woman at a protest rally, or anything like that. This was another direct assault on the 1st Amendment. You may recall the way a man, a concerned parent, was treated when he spoke out against Common Core the other day by a large intimidating police officer working as security at the school district meeting. Well, this is a different story.
I wanted to take a break from the Bill of Rights Series to look at part of our legal system. Lets discuss the checks and balances part. In the past, peopel have generally liked when Supreme Court judges become activists in their favor. However, not when the judges are opposed to the parties idea or policy. When the Supreme Court sides with Obama, he likes them. When he belives they are not siding with him, he chides them.
In the latest ordeal between the Obama Administration and the Supreme Court comes ObamaCare, offically called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Supreme Court is deciding the constitutionality of the law. While Obama publically says all is good, he obviously has some fears. He has started attacking the Supreme Court for being activist judges. He is now warning “unelected” Supreme Court judges not to strike down his mandate.
That seems to be the same type of stuff he does anytime anyone doesn’t agree to follow him like cattle to the slaughter. This is nothing new for the Obamanator either. He bullied Congress of the Defense of Marriage Act, telling the US Attorney’s Office to stop defending it.
Some people applauded it, mostly gays and liberals, but the fact remains that it is still a law. The US Attorney’s Office should defend it. They should defend it with vigor right up until the point it stops being law.
Let’s not forget the whole Fast and Furious fiasco either. Although it is not Obama himself, it is his administration that is corrupt and trying to cover it up. Good ol’ Eric Holder works for Obama, remember?
Time and time again, President Obama has talked about going around Congress. He’s even made statements that work would be easier for him if Congress wasn’t in the way.
That’s what it’s there for. That’s why we have the judisial branch, too. Checks and balances, yet this president seems to think the country is ripe for the “changing.”
This is a time when we need to fight back. Elect those who will stand up to this bully and fight for the population. We have to support causes that promote our rights. We have to stand up and be heard. Don’t let the supressors win. Don’t let this bully take our country away from us. Push back and push back harder than they can.
I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.
The Fourth Amendment concerns the Right of search and seizure regulated. Why is this one so important. Well, it gives you the right not to be screwed with for no real reason.
The Fourth Amendment reads as:
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.
Lets get the details
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,
You have the right to live in peace and not be assaulted by the authories without probable cause. This means you can live your life without undue interference from the government.
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.
The government cannot violate your right to privacy without probable cause or a justifiable warrant.
Is this Amendment being violated?
Yes! Regularly! You hear all the time of people getting pulled over and searched because of their race, type of car you’re driving, part of town you’re in, and many other reasons. Actually, the word reasons should have quotations.
This isn’t so much a problem with with federal authorities as it usually occurs on more of a local level. I’m not saying the feds haven’t screwed up and violated this right, but it doesn’t happen as often as it does with local yokals.
What can you do?
Stand up for yourself. When they tell you they want to search your car, home, person, or any other part of your personal life, ask them why. Make them tell you what their probable cause is. Tell them no, unless they have a warrant. They’ll give you a hard time, delay you from getting to where you’re going, make you think they’re gonna arrest you; they may arrest you. Do not give in, do not let up, do not let them win.
They can only do so much to you and if you’re strong, we can win. We all have to be strong.
There are those of use in society that will take up for you, have your back, defend you. There are those of us who understand that you may not agree with us politically, but we’ll still defend you.
I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.
As with every amendment in the Bill of Rights, this one is important as the others. The main reason for this one was the British military policy, actually most nations military policy, to use the citizens’ homes to house soldiers. Now days, with the logistics of combat doesn’t allow for occupying civilian homes very often.
The Third Amendment reads as…
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.
Lets break this down
This simply means that the government cannot force you to house soldiers in peacetime, nor in wartime, unless the law states you must.
What law can the government make that requires you to give quarter to soldiers? That’s whether we are at peace or war. Well, generally, even though they can make you and me give quarters, they won’t. Not because they’re so nice, but because of logistics. However, you never know what the future holds. In the event of civil war, you can bet your bottom dollar they would start putting troops into civilians homes. Unfortunately, that would be soldiers from both sides. At that point it would depend on who you support, as to who you let stay in your home without offense.
What to do from your side…
Vote. As I always say, speak up and protest. Keep in mind, the Third Amendment is not being violated, to my knowledge, at this time. I have heard of no cases in which it is. I doubt that this one will be violated any time soon. Luckily, that’s just one less thing to worry about right now.