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The Forgotten Amendment

By Tom Milligan

Upon ratifying the Constitution, the states entered a four-year debate over the Bill of Rights. Finally, twelve amendments were sent to the states for ratification.  As we know, only ten were ratified and became our Bill of Rights.  Two amendments dealing with the number of representatives and the compensation of Senators and representatives were rejected.

Most Americans, even if they don’t why or how, are familiar with most of the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

Let’s review:

  1. Freedoms of religion, speech, press, and assembly
  2. Unimpeded right to bear arms
  3. No soldiers living with you (probably not a familiar amendment)
  4. No unreasonable search & seizure. Need a warrant to conduct a search.
  5. No capital indictment without a grand jury, no double jeopardy, don’t have to testify against yourself (plead the fifth), due process, protection of private property.
  6. Speedy trial, right to confront witnesses, right to counsel
  7. Right to trial by jury.
  8. No excessive bail or fines, no cruel and unusual punishment.
  9. The Constitution doesn’t contain a list of all rights, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have them.
  10. If the authority for the federal government to act is not specifically outlined in the Constitution, the federal government doesn’t have that authority and it falls to the states to act.

Trumplicans are doing their best to destroy the freedom of the press, and liberals have been quite successful at destroying our freedom of speech.  The war on religion rages on.  Nothing is forgotten here.

The fight over gun rights is perhaps the most divisive of all.  Nobody’s forgetting that one.

I’d say most of us haven’t given quartering soldiers a second thought, but if it ever happened, the third amendment would be well-remembered.

When it comes to amendments four through eight, most Americans suddenly become attorneys and know these rights verbatim.  None of these are forgotten when it really counts.

 

The ninth amendment simply says that while the Constitution doesn’t contain 100% of the rights and liberties we have been given by God, we still have those rights, freedoms, and liberties.

The ninth amendment is always in danger but hasn’t been forgotten…yet.

The tenth amendment is the most important for our time – but it’s largely been forgotten.

The tenth amendment contains clear instructions for the distribution of power:  Simply put, if the Constitution doesn’t expressly give the authority to the federal government, the federal government doesn’t have that authority.  Period.

It’s no accident that these instructions were included.

This final amendment in the Bill of Rights is designed specifically to keep as much power as possible at the local level and to keep as much power as possible away from the federal level.

Since our nation’s inception, liberals have worked hard to increase the size and power of the federal government.  And they’ve succeeded.  It’s time to reign it in.

Just look at ANY federal program and ask yourself; is this program outlined in the Constitution?

If yes, move on.

If no, then why the hell is it happening?  Why do we allow our federal government to operate outside of the clear limits imposed by the Constitution?

One example of federal government overreach is The Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare).

Where in the Constitution is the federal government granted the authority to regulate, offer, or require health insurance?

Since it’s not there, that authority, according to the tenth amendment, is reserved to the States, or to the people – NOT the federal government.

Obamacare is a great example, but almost all federal programs – and many federal bureaucracies – are flat out unconstitutional and should be dismantled immediately.

We’ve lived through many administrations that have created a bigger government.  Those who elected Donald Trump did so hoping he’d put a stop to it.  Sadly, as many of us predicted, Trump appears to be heading down the same path his predecessors from both parties laid out for him.

We cannot allow this to continue.  Our nation’s survival depends on it.

It is our duty as U.S. citizens to hold our elected officials accountable to the oath they’ve taken to uphold and defend the Constitution (including the tenth amendment).

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