Remember the Constitution?
I believe that our federal government is far bigger and
more intrusive than
what was intended at the beginning of the Union.
I hope and pray that the good people of these United
States will overlook the temptation of greed,
and will rely on the Constitution to help maintain
a more perfect union.
This page represents a peaceful petition for redress of
grievances to the federal government, as guaranteed in the
Bill of Rights.
Bill of Rights
Freedom of press, speech and assembly.
- I think these violate the 1st Amendment.
- gjk -- The first amendment guarantees freedom of speech.
Speech is communication between people in whatever
medium they choose, be it print, artwork,
telephone, or American Sign Language.
Why are computers different? E-mail and web-publishing are
just another medium for speech.
Right to keep and bear arms.
- I think these violate the 2nd Amendment.
- gjk -- Although I don't own a gun, I am wary of my government
making it difficult for me, a law-abiding citizen, to obtain one.
The big farce is believing that you can pass a law that pertains
to criminals. ALL laws are aimed at the law-abiding.
Protection from soldier quartering.
- gjk -- The government no longer needs to extort our resources as
an end product, i.e. food and shelter. Today, the government can
extort our income and use the money to quarter soldiers.
Protection from illegal search and seizures.
- I think these violate the 4th Amendment.
- gjk -- Asset forfeiture is a perfect example of what the Founding
Fathers tried to prevent. Today, a citizen can have his property seized
by the government WITHOUT EVER BEING CHARGED with a crime, let alone
the grace of a trial by jury of peers.
Protection from forced self incrimination.
- I think these violate the 5th Amendment.
- Self-certify regulations (OSHA, EPA, INS....)
- IRS audits
- Form 1040 (Can 1040's be subpoenaed?)
- gjk -- All income earning citizens are required to submit to the
government an income tax return. The information disclosed can be
used against the citizen in court. Companies are forced to submit
reports to certify compliance to federal regulations. I think that
freedom from self-incrimination should apply in both cases.
Right to a speedy trial.
- I think these violate the 6th Amendment.
- gjk -- The right to a speedy trial is most often viewed as
a right retained by the accused. I view it as a right held by
the victims of the accused. Today's lack of timely Justice violates
the rights of both.
Right to a trial by jury.
- I think these violate the 7th Amendment.
- gjk -- Only Congress can pass laws, yet Congress delegates
authority to regulatory agencies, effectively bypassing the Executive
and Judicial branches of government. Because Congress has delegated
authority to an agency, that agency can pass a "regulation" that carries
the weight of law, but is never subject to the scrutiny of either
the executive or judicial branches of government. Citizens can be
fined, have their assets seized and their lives ruined without ever
facing a jury, because they violated a "regulation". Because it is a
"regulation", the citizen does not get his day in court, and a jury
doesn't review the matters of "fact and law".
Protection from cruel and unusual punishment.
- I think these violate the 8th Amendment.
- gjk -- Somewhere along the way, our justices have forgotten
that most people in our society live with "cruel and unusual"
circumstances in order to pay for three square meals, medical
benefits, a bed and a roof, heating, telephone privileges, cable TV,
library visits, dental benefits, etc. I'd rather the government
didn't steal from me (taxes) to supply such niceties to those
who would steal from me (criminals).
Unless otherwise stated, rights are retained by the people.
- I think these violate the 9th Amendment.
- gjk -- I am an adult. I should be free to make my own decisions
about what charities I support, what art I support and where I invest
my money. The risk is mine, the choice is mine. The government has
no business taking my money to spend in, what it views as, my own best
Unless otherwise stated, power delegated to states.
- I think these violate the 10th Amendment.
- gjk -- The federal government has no business telling the states
how to spend their money. (As is the case with federal requirements for
levels of funding for AFDC.) There are far too many "federal crimes".
The Constitution states piracy and treason, not drug-dealing and
cop-killing and hate-crimes. Each declaration of a "federal crime"
usurps power from a local law enforcement agency in favor of a
federal police force.
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