Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Bill of Rights Day - Dec. 15

  • The government can’t restrict what you say, what you write, what you protest, or what you believe.
  • The government has no authority to limit in any way your ability to defend yourself.
  • The military can’t force you to allow soldiers to stay in your home.
  • No one has the right to search your person or your property without a warrant signed by a judge affirming that there is good reason to believe your belongings are involved in a crime.
  • No policeman or prosecutor can force you to say anything, you can’t be tried again for a crime for which you’ve been acquitted, no one can take your property without due process of law, and the government can’t use your property without paying for it.
  • You can’t be held in jail without being brought to trial or without knowing the charges against you, you can’t be deprived of an attorney, and you have a right to confront anyone who gives evidence against you.
  • You have a right to be tried by a jury of your peers.
  • You can’t be subject to excessive bail requirements, be tortured or receive cruel punishment.
  • The listing of these rights doesn’t mean you have forfeited any other rights, unless those rights are specifically abrogated within the Constitution.
  • Most important of all, the federal government has no authority to do anything that isn’t specifically mentioned in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which spells out the areas in which Congress is allowed to legislate.