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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Federal Judge misses the point on Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights isn't simply "the rights" to defend; it is the individual we are defending. Rights are Inalienable, they cannot be taken away. This was the basis for the Declaration of Independence. This is not correct:

"Sometimes a right, once extinguished, may be gone for good." Ref

The Bill of Rights was word smithed so as to shift from "protection of rights" to protection of the indivudal."

The term was changed from plural ["the rights of the people"] to the singular ["right of the people"] to shift the "protection" from "the right" to the individual. Ref

Otis when he spoke out against unreasonable searches and seizures, was speaking of the abuses in Massachusettes, and Otis was instrumental in the Massachusettes' 14th Amendment.

Whether someone chooses to ignore those rights and abuse the individual is another matter. The individual's rights always exist; whether that protection is respected, enforced, or "admonished for failing to provide that protection" is another matter.

We, the free people, already fought over this 200 years ago and won. It is the basis of both our Declaration of Indepdendence and Constitution. Let's not require a second round of reminders.