The Bill of Rights to Live or Die for
To serve in the United States military you take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic and will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.
I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962)
We understand that there is no expiration date on that oath. It matters not who holds the presidential office or what officers are appointed over us because our obedience to the oath is fully governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). What we are really doing is protecting the rights of every citizen with our very lives and it is those rights inscribed in our Constitution that draw people from every ethnic tribe and nation to the home of the brave and the land of the free.
“Freedom isn’t free” is not just a cliché. You truly don’t know what real freedom is until it’s taken away from you. Freedom is paid by the blood, sweat and tears of men and women who’ve served and died to insure that Freedom lives. Our founding fathers proclaimed that everyone has been given certain unalienable rights from our Creator. They also knew that the biggest threat to those rights comes in the form of an uncaring and abusive government.
It’s time to pull up your “big boy” or “big girl” pants and tell me which of these rights are you willing to live or die for? Do you not care because you haven’t invested yourself into this nation and they really don’t affect you?
The Bill of Rights
The First Amendment provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.
The Third Amendment prohibits the government from quartering troops in private homes, a major grievance during the American Revolution.
The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. The government may not conduct any searches without a warrant, and such warrants must be issued by a judge and based on probable cause.
The Fifth Amendment provides that citizens not be subject to criminal prosecution and punishment without due process. Citizens may not be tried on the same set of facts twice, and are protected from self-incrimination (the right to remain silent). The amendment also establishes the power of eminent domain, ensuring that private property is not seized for public use without just compensation.
The Sixth Amendment assures the right to a speedy trial by a jury of one’s peers, to be informed of the crimes with which they are charged, and to confront the witnesses brought by the government. The amendment also provides the accused the right to compel testimony from witnesses, and to legal representation.
The Seventh Amendment provides that civil cases also be tried by jury.
The Eighth Amendment prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments.
The Ninth Amendment states that the list of rights enumerated in the Constitution is not exhaustive, and that the people retain all rights not enumerated.
The Tenth Amendment assigns all powers not delegated to the United States, or prohibited to the states, to either the states or to the people.
Our legacy is written in our nation’s history, the good, the bad and the ugly. We have wages war and conquered those who have stood in our way. We have reached out to defend our allies while striking aggressive enemies. We stand firm when others kneel in surrender. There are more than rights than these first ten amendments, but the right to vote has not always existed for many of our citizens until recent history.
If you are eligible but choose not to vote you forfeit your “right” to complain. When you knowingly turn a blind eye to voter and/or election fraud you become complicit and you jeopardize the rights of others by your action or by your failure to act – America deserves free and fair elections.
You don’t know what you have until it’s gone, so tell me which of your rights are you willing to give up? – I am the Real Truckmaster!
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