What Does The "Bill of Rights" Mean For You?






Interestingly enough until yesterday, when it was brought to my attention, I realized that I barely remember all of my rights as a citizen of the United States of America…Tisk Tisk!

I asked myself, “Do I have rights that are not specifically outlined in the Constitution?”

So, I decided to take a look at the “Bill of Rights,” and was surprised at what I found!

…I will list the first 10 Amendments, But I will focus mainly on two VERY IMPORTANT, yet widely unknown amendments and the rights they GAURANTEE…

You need to look at the Constitution as an outline of what the Federal Government can and cannot do, unless an additional Amendment is ratified.

Also, I’m not a lawyer or a government official, just a citizen of the United States, who would like to see everyone playing a more important role in OUR government.

…We’re all too familiar with the wicked ways of Washington…so please read on, and feel free to share your opinions and comments with me.
If I’ve stated something wrong, feel free to educate me and help me better understand….

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.

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.

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.

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.

5th. Amendment:

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 offence 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.

6th. Amendment:

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 defence.

7th. Amendment:

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 re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

8th. Amendment:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Article focus…

9th. Amendment:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Bill of Rights [source: Archives.gov]

Here’s a neat article written about the “Silent 9th Amendment

Lets break it down for citizens who lack understanding…

  • The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,
    The list of basic rights in the Constitution
  • shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people
    shall not be interpreted to deny or denounce other rights retained by the people

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. Bill of Rights [source: Archives.gov]


  • The US federal government is authorized to exercise only those powers which are specifically given to it in the Constitution. Nothing more, and nothing less. (from PopulistAmerica.com)
  • Here’s the Wikipedia.org page on the 10th Amendment.


Do not let the current band of suit-wearing monkeys tell us that they need to re-interpret these or any other amendment!

Bottom line…The founding fathers did not intend for re-interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, or any other historical document…if they did they would have written them down when they created the damn things!!! (By the way, 35 of the 55 founding fathers were indeed lawyers!)

After having read this I suggest, the next time you hear about something being done with our civil liberties, to stand the fuck up and speak your mind!(and when/if you do, I just hope you view life as an optimistic skeptic!)


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