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Our New Bill of Rights
February 8, 2002
by Dun MacCallum

George W. Bush has been doing a very fine job of bringing our country to ruin by simply violating our most basic freedoms. How, you say? How could the he do such evil things? He's our President, he could never be evil or wrong, could he?

I'm going to be nice here and say this as gently as possible....WAKE UP YOU MORONS!!!!!!!

Bush has violated nearly every one of our rights in the interests of "National Security." IS our nation any more secure? Are any more bad people out there planning to take us down a peg or two? Sure. Have we caught them all? Hell no. Will we catch them all? Hell no. Will we waste billions of dollars in an effort to find them? Sure. Will Bush or any of his cronies be affected negatively by all this wasteful spending? Not a chance. Will they profit tremendously off of it? You better believe it.

Not only will they make billons of dollars off of this "conflict," but they're going to shaft us out of our most basic freedoms in the idiotic belief that we'll happily trade our liberty for "security." I don't know about y'all, but I have no intention of giving up my rights so Bush can profit.

Amendment I

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.

Okay, with Bush kissing the Religious Right's collective asses, he's doing his very best to get this off the books. He's already said that Pro-Life judges will be the order of the day, therefore putting a religious belief into the law of the land. Prohibiting religion? You bet. Unless of course it's Christianity, in which case it will be forced down our throats in schools, whether we like it or not. When the police chief of Penryn, PA refuse to provide safety for the citizens of the town because the YMCA read "satanic" books to kids (Harry Potter), and his refusal to do his job resulted in no dismissal because he came down on the side of the Religious Right, we're getting closer to the Official Religion of America sooner than you think.

Freedom of the press? Not when it comes to telling us the truth about ENRON. Not when it comes to criticizing our (so-called) elected leaders. Not when it's being repressed in the name of "national security." Peaceable assembly? If it's a Pro-life rally with the intention of shooting doctors, sure, you can do that, a rally to free Mumia? The police will be there with billy clubs and firehoses. Horseshit.

Petition the government? How long will a lawsuit asking for the ENRON gang to hand over their ill-gotten gains (stolen with the assistance of George) back to the people they stole it from last in a Republican appointed court? Not long, I assure you. How long did the people's petition for the recount last in a Florida court?

Amendment II

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.

Bush will support this, as long as you buy your weapons from his friends. If it's weapons for your own personal security, well, those will have to be turned in soon, in the name of "national security".

A well regulated militia means in this case "George's Army ONLY." If you're a citizen who doesn't appreciate him you're a godless commie, or a terrorist, and you'd better not have any weapons, even if they're there to protect you from his jack-booted goon squads (the CIA).

Amendment III

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.

Of course if you've been kicked out of your home, office, etc. in Salt Lake City in the name of "national security," you're probably going to be pissed about it. George and Co. figure that most of them are Mormons anyways so Falwell and Robertson are OK with it.

Amendment IV

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.

Unless of course you happen to be of Middle Eastern ancestry, or doing anything in the privacy of your own home, or making a telephone call. Wiretaps, etc., are all back in force, our e-mail is being watched, etc, all in... you guessed it, the name of "national security." And of course if you're comitting acts which go against our official religion (Bible Thumpers R Us) in the privacy of your own bedroom, then you can be hauled into court on charges of violating ancient superstitions. If there is no proscribed religion, then why are victimless acts that are only crimes in religion punishable by law?

Amendment V

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.

Now, the assets frozen by the Bush regime, supposedly all owned by Osama and his crew, where are they? Who owns them now? Was evidence given that all of them were in fact Al-Queida property? No. Of course the Fifth comes in real handy for Kenneth Lay, Arthur Anderson, Dick Cheney and other fun folks who will use it to get away with stealing billions. How much you want to bet that Bush will abolish this, except in special circumstances (ie, campaign contributors)?

Amendment VI

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 defence.

Once again, unless you're from the middle east and look vaguely threatening. In which case we'll hold you captive for months with no charges, no trials, and no rights whatsoever, all in the name of "national security."

Amendment VII

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 reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Unless of course you're Kenneth Starr and want to waste 40 million dollars to prove Clinton got a blowjob. Then you can waste tons of time, money and resources to find out a man did nothing that was illegal. No fact tried by jury, oh, like Roe vs. Wade? The Supreme Court (supreme meaning seriously high) established abortion as legal, yet, the BibleThumpers keep trying to get this one back on the books, seems to be a CLEAR violation of this, and with a Bush Supreme Court, it will happen.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Unless you're a POW in Cuba, where we can keep you like dogs in a kennel, in violation of the Geneva Convention. Seeing as how George doesn't feel bound by anything he didn't sign (Kyoto, ABM, etc) why should he care? The opposite here is true as well, if you're highly placed, like say, his daughters or niece, you can commit any crime you want and not pay ANY price at all. Isn't being rich and well connected politically fun?

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Unless of course, we're talking about "national security", then Bush really doesn't care about the rights of the people. Unless of course you're Kenneth Lay, then you get full protection

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Of course if you're a state George didn't carry, like California, he'll write energy policy with a company like ENRON, to jack up your rates to sky-high levels, all the while denying any federal help to alleviate the situation. "They didn't vote for me? Screw them."

So, seeing as how the Resident has pretty much wiped his ass with this fine document, where do we go from here? He's run our economy into the ground (unless you're a billionaire), he's wiped out the Clinton surplus, created a huge deficit, helped his pals bilk thousands of people out of their money, spent trillions on "defense," promises to spend more (and it lines his buddies pockets, no less), has already cut back on education, broken treaties in an effort to get the cold war going again, and has pretty much shown that the will of the people means nothing. We're going to war! We're going to take out those evil terrorists! We're going to crush Islamic nations that harbor evil! We're going to pay back the people who did us wrong in New York! We're going to take away your rights, but it's all in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY. We're making America a better place for YOU.

Now, let's rephrase that slightly, and change a few words here and there: We're going to war! We're going to take out those bad Poles! We're going to crush weak nations that harbor Jews! We're going to pay back the people who did us wrong at Versailles! We're going to take away your rights, but it's all in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY. We're making Germany a better place for YOU.

Kinda spooky isn't it?

If this keeps up much longer, and that buffoon is elected in 2004 (not re-elected, he didn't win), I think I'll head to Canada, that is, of course assuming he allows people of free thought to leave by then. I'm beginning to feel like Victor Lazlo in Casablanca.

Dun is a free thinking individual who resides in the NEW USA, he was born in the former United States of America, back in the good old days, when our Constitution still meant something.

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