Monday, December 16, 2019

Ooops...I Forgot Yesterday Was Bill of Rights Day

Yes, December 15, 1791 was the day the Bill of Rights, otherwise known as the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, was ratified.  I will state again that my focus on the 2nd Amendment is because the 2nd is the thing that guarantees the other 9 Amendments...or should if people were paying attention.  I know, I know, your twitter account is more important than the petty things mentioned in the Bill of Rights.  But some old white men fought a long war with the most powerful army in the World at that time to give them to you.  You shouldn't squander them on things like "Dancing With The Stars" or Kim Kardashian.

To remind you, and me of course, of the importance of this date, here is  Alan Korwin giving his take on the fact that Bill of Rights Day, December 15, Is In Big Trouble:
While gun rights previously took most of the heat, all civil rights are in more jeopardy in 2019. Gun-rights advocates promoted the date, because they saw Second Amendment guarantees of the right to arms as fundamental to protection of the rest. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership,, has vigorously promoted the date for decades, under a banner, of “All of the Bill of Rights for all citizens,” knowing gun rights were carried on its coattails.
Journalists, who as a group often disparage the Second Amendment and the armed populace it encourages, now face a torrent of anti-Bill of Rights sentiment and laws, largely from left-wing college students and professors, who believe free speech, which derives its nearly absolute powers from the First Amendment, falls out of favor. Along with it, the right to practice religion without government interference, and even the right to assemble, have come under withering scrutiny, including physical and moral attack. Varieties of “political correctness,” euphemisms for marxism/socialism are to blame, promoting fear, hatred, racism, intolerance, “required diversity,” offensiveness, narratives and group think as reasons to curtail free exchange of ideas and speech.
Pundits note that so-called “red-flag gun laws,” as well as current congressional efforts to impeach the U.S. president, rely heavily on removal of due process protections under the 4th through 6th Amendments. These include bedrocks of freedom such as innocence until guilt is proven, the ability to confront your accuser and compel witnesses to appear in your defense, and public trials by jury, all of which have been abrogated. Other guarantees of the Bill of Rights have been ignored, with no penalties—or even charges—brought against the perpetrators, one of the most glaring flaws in the Constitution—it provides no specific penalties for abuse of its terms, short of revolt.
Many on the Left say that President Trump is shredding the Constitution. Actually, no, he is not directly doing so. But,  by letting it be known that he would not veto a Red Flag law should one come to his desk, he encourages the shredding of the Constitution by those bent on such a task. Red Flag laws are arguably the most egregious of these infringements to date, but they are hardly the first. Remember the Kelo decision? Or for a more damning case, how about Roe v. Wade. And then there is the National Firearms Act of 1934. These violations of the clear words of the Bill of Rights have gone on for decades. Every time the Left gets away with it, they double down the next time. It's like children to keep pushing the envelope until one day their parents can no longer control them.

So, I implore you, if you have not done so, to read the Bill of Rights yourself. These are not written in some arcane legalese. These are written in plain English, and should be easily understood by persons of average intelligence. There are no "penumbras" or "emanations," no secret meanings only understandable by the learned Justices of the Supreme Court. No, YOUR rights, MY rights, are spelled out in black and white on the page. So, read it today. Discuss it with your family. Keep it close to your heart. Most of all, remember it when you vote. You have no right to free stuff, rather you have the right to be free.

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