Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Fourth Amendment

The Fourth amendment states "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized."
The Patriot Act, which Mr. Dodd and Mr. Kerry voted for and President Bush signed, claims to give the powers we use for other crimes to homeland security. The lie here is that it does not require a warrant or "probable cause." The government can now spy on us for any reason they want.
It has also been claimed that these powers will and have not been abused. That is also not true. Recently there was a news story that state an arrest had been made for selling illegal copies of DVD's. That story sited the new powers in the Patriot Act being used. Since when was pirating video a national security threat?

Monday, October 18, 2004

The Second Amendment

The Second amendment states "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to secure a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
This is probably the most misunderstood amendment. The founders obviously wanted to be able to defend themselves from an invading foreign power. (Like the Iraqis are currently doing, because of an unconstitutional use of US military force which Mr. Dodd voted for.) They also were afraid that the government would become tyrannical and oppressive. It has taking a drastic turn in that direction with the passage of laws such as the Patriot Act which Mr. Dodd voted for. The founders were afraid that they might one day need to take up arms against their own government.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

The First Amendment

The First amendment states "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 to assemble, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The campaign finance law that was passed violates our freedom of speech. Even when he was signing it President Bush said that is was probably unconstitutional. If ever there was a reason to impeach a president that is it. It is a violation of his oath of office to sign something that he believes is unconstitutional.
Notice also that nowhere in this amendment is there any mention of the "separation of church and state." separation of church and state comes from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a church in Danbury, Connecticut. He was assuring the church that the government would not interfere with it. Today the court has turned it around and said the church should not interfere in government. This was not the intent of our forefathers.