Hooray America!

Feliz Navidad Cuatro del Julio!

Before I continue, there’s no Ignunt Fool of the Week today. I know, I said I’d do it every Friday, but time is just a social construct. What’s Friday for me isn’t what’s Friday for you and it’s just my faith that it’s not Friday today so you can’t question that!

Today is July 4th when we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the awesome sexyness of our founding fathers. Living in a country that has a Bill of Rights is one of the awesomest things ever.

Just to refresh your memories, here’s the Bill of Rights:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 offense 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Have a great Fourth of July!

I’m going to go watch some All-American Doctor Who.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by blaisepascal on July 5, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Of course, the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, Independence Day, et al, have little to do with the Bill of Rights, which was written 13 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

  2. Um… yes. The point is, it was the birth of a country that HAD a Bill of Rights.

  3. Posted by Christian Treczoks on July 5, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Well, wouldn’t it be nice if someone took these words and gave them to Mr. Bush? Or any American politician, as most seem to have forgotten them.

    I sometimes hand a printed version of the Grundgesetz (German constitutuion) to politicians over here and point out a few points they have missed recently…

  4. Posted by Santiago on July 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    That should read “Cuatro *de* Julio”, but cheers for using Spanish though!

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