Well I have decided to write a Blog. For whatever good it is here it goes. The title Behind My Tin Foil Hat came about because well some of the stuff I will babble about can be considered “conspiracy theory” or just make you say hay that guy is nuts.
The First Thought From Behind My Tin Foil Hat
I can’t say what prompted me to write this down, but I read daily about our loss of rights and it frightens me. So here we go, put on your tin foil hat and read my thoughts for a few minutes. I will try and not get into the election at all I think we are all sick of hearing anything about that topic. I can’t promise no jabs though. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” I believe in the world we live in today this has become all too natural for us to do. To say “It’s for the safety of the country”, or “If you’re not doing anything wrong why should you care” has been the common argument when someone talks about the fact that the Bill of Rights is being slowly done away with. I will admit I have said it myself.
Since the attack on 911 we as a nation have given up our rights in the name of national security and the fact that we wanted to catch terrorists. This article (if you call it that) is some of what I have found on what is left of our Bill of Rights. This is just my thoughts and observations, like anything I say take it with a grain “or cup” of salt. Please excuse grammar, spelling, or if I sometimes see a squirrel and loose topic.
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or press or the right of people to PEACEABLY assemble. No people this does not give you the right to riot, attack people, burn police cars, or repress the freedoms of others. I don’t think this right is completely gone yet but we are getting very close. As long as you watch what you say I think you are still OK. In this constantly evolving fight to be politically correct and not offend anyone there is the slippery slope of Hate Speech which is illegal. This would include Homophobia, Islamophobia, Racist Speech, and if I may add a few Christafobia, and Trumpafobia… So would it be a Hate Crime for the protestors who attacked Trump Supporters??? I would think so. Although I may not agree with what a lot of people have to say I do agree that they have the right to say it. Even if I may find it offensive personally.
There is a new law going up for vote in California against Private Schools that if passed would make it so a Christian school could not make it mandatory for students to attend chapel or make prayer mandatory. To me this is infringing on the religious rights of the school and the students. Look you knew this was a Private Christian School if you don’t agree with those views its simple don’t go there, just as I would not attend a Muslim School. Get real people.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “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.” This is one of the most argued of the rights. As it was originally written this was not to protect peoples hunting rights or sporting guns. Hard to believe but the men who wrote this did so because they felt that governments and armies would ultimately turn on their own people. They wrote the 2nd amendment because they believed an armed populous was a written guarantee this would never happen. Here is a short list of when gun laws went bad.
- Turkey gun ban passed around 1911. Between 1915-1917 1-1.5 million Armenians killed
- Soviet Union gun ban passed 1929 1929-1953 20 million Anti-Communists killed
- Nazi Germany gun ban 1928-1938. 1933-1945 13 million Jews killed.
- China gun ban 1935-1957 1949-1976 20 million Anti-communists, rural populous, or Pro-Reform people killed.
This list could go on and on. As of yet we still have our rights to own guns but this may not last long.
The Third Amendment (Amendment III) to the United States Constitution places restrictions on the quartering of soldiers in private homes without the owner’s consent, forbidding the practice in peacetime. Luckily we have some good news no one is violating this, however look up and read Executive Order 13603 which in times of Martial Law the Federal Government can take control of all housing, industry, transportation, food resources, and energy. One would hope it never gets implemented but the law is there so it can.
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “[t]he 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. In today’s age this right is virtually gone. Especially if you live in the 100 mile radius of any of our borders. It was deemed that the government “to protect itself” had the power to stop and search people at or near the border without warrant or suspicion simply by the virtue of where the search takes place. This was originally intended for border crossings but has now extended to a strip 100 miles wide circling the country that includes 2/3rds of the population…
Now onto the digital searches. The DOJ now claims they do not need a warrant just a simple subpoena to get any information about anyone from internet search providers, Facebook or other sources. It’s easy enough to miss the gravity of this in-house interpretation when it comes to the Fourth Amendment. If the FBI today came to your home and demanded access to your emails, it would require a warrant obtained from a court after a show of probable cause to get them. If, however, the Department of Justice can simply issue a subpoena to Google to the same end, they can potentially vacuum up every Gmail message you’ve ever sent without a warrant and it won’t constitute a “search.” The DOJ has continued this practice even though in 2010 a federal appeals court ruled that bulk warrantless access to email violates the Fourth Amendment. So be aware Big Brother is watching. I am not even going to get into biometrics and facial recognition. I think we can basically write off this right…
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, “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.” I think it’s safe to say that we still have this right, as evidenced by Hillary Clintons Assistants and the IT guy. Sorry couldn’t help that one.
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. Right to a speedy trial should be pretty simple and up until 2011 it was. With the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act which includes giving the Federal Government the Authority to indefinably detain persons suspected of being terrorists or providing support to terrorists. Again we have signed over one of our rights in the name of National Security. To be held in a military jail without going before a judge is a concept that I cannot fathom.
The 7th amendment Right to trial by jury and the 8th Amendment cruel and unusual punishment (excessive fines) are also affected by this same NDAA. It was ruled that in the path to gathering intelligence the government was allowed to use torture in the cases of suspected terrorists.
The 9th Amendment The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. I won’t try and expand on this one as it confuses me maybe one of the guys who paid attention in Poly. Sci. can help (I napped thru this one). I read it as the rights not expressed in the above are still our rights they were just not spelled out. But I don’t know.
The 10th Amendment: 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. Yah we can pretty much write this one off. The Government has grown into this huge beast that has taken powers away from states to the extent of telling states what bathroom people have to use. Also with the use of Executive Actions the separation of powers as it is defined by the Constitution is gone. Now The President can simply make their own laws and bypass Congress, because we let them. Obama care was forced on the states weather they wanted it or not.
I guess the point of this huge dissertation is the fact that we have been signing away our rights as written bit by bit. None of this has happened overnight it has been a process that has been slowly evolving for a long time but we are running out of rights to give up. Some of you will write this off and say WOW take off the tinfoil hat dude, but these are facts. We have so few actual rights left we should all think and pray about it before giving up another. Also realize this once we give them up it will be almost impossible to get them back. If you actually made it to the end of this thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts. This country is made up of different people with different views and backgrounds. In order to get it back to where it needs to be we all need to stand up for our rights and the rights of others. Even the ones we don’t agree with. I don’t always do it but I try. I don’t agree with everyone but I try and see their side.