I have seen so many things going around in the media lately that have made a lot of controversy with opposing ideas and opinions. It makes me wonder if we are all drifters leaning on each others impressions or if we know enough to think for ourselves and stand firm. The United States Constitution and The Bill of Rights are what I think of when it comes to the things that matter in our country. I want to become well informed and learn more about them so I am not tossed on the wind from one point of view to the next. It is so easy to get confused by all the speculations out there through so many news and media outlets. That is why I really like what George Washington had to say, "The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon."
We all have some sort of thing leading and guiding us in our own lives. For me, I try and use my Scriptures as a guide to help me in my daily life to draw me closer to the Lord and give me the strength to get through the trials I face personally. I want to get to know the constitution better in that aspect so I can stand firm in the things pertaining to our rights and freedoms that we all have been richly blessed with. I feel like now more than ever we are being bombarded by so much out there in the world. I want to do what Abraham Lincoln says, "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
With all of these Amendments I firmly believe that we are Accountable for the actions we take with those given rights. For an example, if we choose to not 'peaceably assemble to petition' but riot and make an unsafe scene, then we will pay for the consequences of that by probably getting arrested. We all have the right to choose for ourselves how we will act in any situation and whatever or however that is done the consequence will follow.
I feel like that is something lacking in the public eye of Americans, to hold themselves accountable for the actions they take. There are so many examples like abortion because of a unwanted pregnancy or single parents raising children without a spouse because they won't take responsibility for their actions and so on.
That is why I decided to brake down the Bill of Rights on this blog post so I can see each Amendment better and get to know them and know where I stand and Stand Firm.
The First 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.
The Second 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.
The Third 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.
The Fourth 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.
The Fifth 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.
The Sixth 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
The Seventh 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.
The Eighth Amendment
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The Ninth Amendment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The Tenth 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.
If you have any input on what you think of the Bill of Rights please leave a comment....
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