Read your Constitution! What a magnificent work of art it is. . .

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty, and justice for all!

STARSPANGLED BANNER

by Francis Scott Key. Released in 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave!

Constitution & Citizenship Day ! !

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A Brief History:
History:  While many contributed to crafting the U.S. Constitution, James Madison wrote the basic draft of the Constitution. George Washington presided over the development of the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787. Many of the “Founding Fathers” attended to other diplomatic duties in the process, unable to participate. For instance Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence, and also John Adams both served military on behalf of the country. Patrick Henry refused to attend preferring the Articles of Confederation until leaders added a Bill of Rights.

Premise: The Constitution was developed to guarantee the freedom of every American, and establishing a formula whereby our elected officials govern the “Land of the Free”.

When:  September 17, 1787

Who:

  • G. Washington-Presidt. and deputy from Virginia
  • New Hampshire: John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman
  • Massachusetts: Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King
  • Connecticut: Wm: Saml. Johnson, Roger Sherman
  • New York: Alexander Hamilton
  • New Jersey: Wil: Livingston, David Brearly, Wm. Paterson, Jona: Dayton
  • Pennsylvania: B. Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robt. Morris, Geo. Clymer, Thos. FitzSimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouv Morris
  • Delaware: Geo: Read, Gunning Bedford jun, John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Jaco: Broom
  • Maryland: James McHenry, Dan of St Thos. Jenifer, Danl Carroll
  • Virginia: John Blair–, James Madison Jr.
  • North Carolina: Wm. Blount, Richd. Dobbs Spaight, Hu Williamson
  • South Carolina: J. Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler
  • Georgia: William Few, Abr Baldwin

Problems:  Officials in office are presently imposing peril on our freedoms as described in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other Amendments in the Constitution. It only took me one hour to read this beautiful document, and I, now, just like in school, understand this to be America’s contract with Americans. We really need to make sure that this contract is not breached anymore. As I looked through the Constitution again, I caught at least one hundred different breaches in the way that the current government is exercising there privileges’ to govern. Do not forget, the government works for the American, not the other way around. Therefore, in the near future look for Public Service Announcements to appear on this website. These will not be politically motivated, but stick to the core reasoning behind the Constitution. Don’t forget whatever party some of these politicians are on are not always the proper individual. They put their hand on the Bible to serve within the bounds and uphold the Constitution, and some of these individuals unfortunately probable belong behind bars, and not the type you drink at. I therefore recommend that every American make the Constitution, like a book. . .Read it carefully. If you think a politician is violating the Oath, figure it out and VOTE!

A Few Facts:

I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .

  • Constitution is there as a Contract with the American Citizen.
  • The U.S. Constitution is there to limit Federal power of governing the “Land of the Free”.
  • The state Constitutions are there to protect each state’s citizens, and are ruled through the presentation of the U.S. Constitution.
  • The Bill Of Rights is considered the citizen’s rights.
  • Other Amendments were passed in order to have the original Constitution be updated to suit the modernization of society at large.
  • Politicians take an Oath to uphold this Constitution before and above any other duty being in office.
  • Personally, I think that lying to the public should result in sever ramifications including jailtime.
  • More. . .

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Summary of the Constitution:

The U.S. Constitution & Amendments
September 17, 1787
Article
Purpose
 Sections Other Notes
Preamble We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. One
How does We the People help us understand the framers conception of consent of the governed and popular sovereignty, justice, and the role of government ordained and established by the Framers.
Article I Legislative Powers 1-10 To establish the power and authority of the Legislative Branch of Government.
Article II Executive Powers 1-4 To establish the power and authority of the Executive Branch of Government.
Article III Judicial Powers 1-3 To establish the power and authority of the Judicial Branch of Government.
Article IV Limitations of Federal powers to be given to the states–and how states are limited 1-4 Limitations Federal powers–and how states are limited in exercising those powers on a Federal level, how the articles protect individual rights, admission of statehood & the rule that no state be within a state, the “needful rules and regulations” clause, Federal government possessing a republic style format as proposed by Benjamin Franklin, etc.. . .
Article V Rules for application of amendments to the Constitution One Rules for application of amendments to the Constitution, including all Congressional powers to such. . .
Article VI The debt of the Constitution to the lands, treaties, and supreme Law of the Land, judges, relation of Federal level and state’s level. One The debt of the Constitution to the lands, treaties, and supreme Law of the Land, and that the state’s judges boundaries, and the differences between state’s level representatives and senators, plus the legal relation to religion and supremacy clauses.
Article VII The ratification One The ratification of the Constitution, and rule of thumb for amending such. . .
The Bill of Rights: The First 10 Amendments
Ammendment
Purpose
 Date
Ratified
Other Notes
Amendment I The basic freedoms guaranteed to every American 12/15/1791 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.
Amendment II Right of safety to the American by being protected by military; Right to bear arms 12/15/1791 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.
Amendment III Right to not have an American’s house be subject to housing a Soldier at any time 12/15/1791 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.
Amendment IV Legality of search and seizure 12/15/1791 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.
Amendment V Right to remain silent 12/15/1791 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.
Amendment VI Right to a speedy trial in the state wherein the crime emanated, and right to counsel 12/15/1791 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 defense.
Amendment VII Right to trial by jury of peers 12/15/1791 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.
Amendment VIII Right to fair trial 12/15/1791 Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment X Rights not be denied to any citizen and owned by the citizen 12/15/1791 The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The Amendments: 11-27
Ammendment
Purpose
 Date
Other Notes
Amendment XI A change in the limitations of the extension of justice Passed:
3/4/1794
Ratified:
2/7/1795
Article III, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 11.

The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

Amendment XII Right to fair election process Passed:
12/9/1803
Ratified:

6/15/1804
A portion of Article II, section 1 of the Constitution was superseded by the 12th amendment.

The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President. . .

Amendment XIII Abolition of slavery

Sections 1-2

Passed:
1/31/1865
Ratified:

12/6/1865
A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.

The Amendment is honors the abolition of slavery in all states. .

Amendment XIV Naturalization & Government process

Sections 1-5

Passed:
6/13/1866
Ratified:

7/9/1868
Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.

Naturalization & new framework to the outline of how the government works and how the officials are to conduct such. . .

Amendment XV Change in policy for right to vote

Sections 1-2

Passed:
2/26/1869
Ratified:

2/3/1870
A Right to vote modification. . .
Amendment XVI Income Tax Act Passed:
7/2/1909
Ratified:

2/3/1913
Note: Article I, section 9, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 16.

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

Amendment XVII Term limitations, vacancies of elected officials, election of Senators Passed:
5/13/1912
Ratified:

4/8/1913
Article I, section 3, of the Constitution was modified by the 17th amendment.

Term limits, vacancies, etc., for elected officials., and the official process of election of Senators .

Amendment XVIII Prohibition of alcohol

Section 1-3

Passed:
12/18/1917
Ratified:

1/16/1919
Repealed by amendment 21.

The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution established the prohibition of alcohol in the United States.

Amendment XIX Voting rights: Women Passed:
6/4/1919
Ratified:

8/18/1920
Women’s right to vote.
Amendment XX Modification of term limits for officials

Section 1-6

Passed:
3/2/1932
Ratified:

1/23/1933
Article I, section 4, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of this amendment. In addition, a portion of the 12th amendment was superseded by section 3.

Changes in term limits for officials and other modifications. . .

Amendment XXI Ending the prohibition of alcohol

Section 1-3

Passed:
2/20/1933
Ratified:

12/5/1933
Ending the Federal prohibition of alcohol in the United States, leaving it at a state and local level.
Amendment XXII Presidency term limitations

Section 1-2

Passed:
3/21/47
Ratified:

2/27/51
Changes in term limits for presidency limited to two terms. . .
Amendment XXIII Electoral process of the President and electoral college

Section 1-2

Passed:
6/16/1960
Ratified:

3/29/1961
Rules to the equation and factoring of electoral college in the voting process. . .
Amendment XXIV Unabridged voting rights, no polling tax

Section 1-2

Passed:
8/27/1962
Ratified:

1/23/1964
Making sure that there are unabridged voting rights, including that there are no polling taxes incurred. . .
Amendment XXV Death of Presidents and other officials

Section 1-4

Passed:
7/6/1965
Ratified:

2/10/1967
Note: Article II, section 1, of the Constitution was affected by the 25th amendment.

Rules concerning the death of the presidency and many other departments. . .

Amendment XXVI Age of majority

Section 1-2

Passed:
3/23/1971
Ratified:

7/1/1971
Amendment 14, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 1 of the 26th amendment.

Rules of majority being at eighteen years old. . .

Amendment XXVII Congressional Compensation Act of 1789 Originally proposed: 9/25/1789
Ratified:

5/7/1992
 No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

The Present:
The flag still flies high, to the day. It stands for the freedom it bears, and plenty of people are still willing to defend her to today. Let’s keep the Constitution in mind every time we see the flag!

The Future:
We will NEVER, ever bend when it comes to freedom! We will not back down, we won’t bend! God Bless the U.S.A.!

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