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US Constitution & Bill of Rights

National Archives BuildingMany Americans do not understand their full constitutional rights and we hope the following will be helpful.

United States Constitution

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." — Preamble to the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law situated in the United States.  Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government which protects the fundamental rights of the United States citizens.

1790 Naturalization Act

This was part of the original US Constitution and demonstrates clearly that the original intent was for the US to be a European country.  This act has since been repealed.  For further information please click here.

US Constitution 1790 Naturalization Act

The Bill of Rights

One of the principal points of contention between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists was the lack of an enumeration of basic civil rights in the Constitution.  Many Federalists argued, as in Federalist No. 84, that the people surrendered no rights in adopting the Constitution.  In several states, however, the ratification debate in some states hinged on the adoption of a bill of rights.  The solution was known as the Massachusetts Compromise in which four states ratified the Constitution but at the same time sent recommendations for amendments to the Congress.

James Madison introduced 12 amendments to the First Congress in 1789.  Ten of these would go on to become what we now consider to be the Bill of Rights.  One was never passed, while another dealing with Congressional salaries was not ratified until 1992 when it became the 27th Amendment.  Based on the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights, the writings of the Enlightenment, and the rights defined in the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights contains 'rights' that many today consider to be fundamental to America.

The First Amendment Provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Second Amendment:  Gives citizens the right to bear arms.

The Third Amendment:  Prohibits the government from quartering troops in private homes, a major grievance during the American Revolution.

The Fourth Amendment:  Protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure.  The government may not conduct any searches without a warrant, and such warrants must be issued by a judge and based on probable cause.

The Fifth Amendment Provides that citizens not be subject to criminal prosecution and punishment without due process.  Citizens may not be tried on the same set of facts twice, and are protected from self-incrimination, (the right to remain silent).  The amendment also establishes the power of eminent domain, ensuring that private property is not seized for public use without just compensation.

The Sixth Amendment:  assures the right to a speedy trial by a jury of one's peers, to be informed of the crimes with which they are charged, and to confront the witnesses brought by the government.  The amendment also provides the accused, the right to compel testimony from witnesse and to legal representation.

The Seventh Amendment Provides that civil cases also be tried by jury.

The Eighth Amendment:  Prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments.

The Ninth Amendment:  States that the list of rights enumerated in the Constitution is not exhaustive, and the people retain all rights not enumerated.

The Tenth Amendment:  Assigns all powers not delegated to the United States, or prohibited to the states, to either the states or to the people.

The Constitution

Transcript of the US Constitution

What The Government Doesn't Want You To Know About Your Drivers License
The truth about drivers licenses and how you have been deceived by the government into paying for and abiding by rules that do not apply to any one individual, when not engaged in any kind of public transportation moving people or using roadways as a business for making money.

Foreign Nationals Running Countries

‘It shall be unlawful for a foreign national to make any contribution of money in connection with political office.’
U.S CODE AMENDED, ARTICLE 2, SECTION 441 E (A) SOURCE: OFFICE OF THE LAW REVISION COUNSEL

Protect Your Rights:  Contact List

If you would like to protest, go through the list below, and send emails, write letters or even protest at the relevant address/es.  However, please do not send abusive or threatening correspondence.

President

The White House
1600 Pennsylvanian Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Phone:  (202) 456-1414
Fax:  (202) 456-2461

Secretary of State

Department of State
2201 C street, NW
Washington, DC, 20520
Phone:  1-202-647-4000
Fax:  +1-202-261-8577

Local Officials

Find your local Official and their contact details here.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia of the National Archives Building in Washington DC where the US Constitution is stored.

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