Your Rights

As an American, you have a right to practice whatever religion you choose, say or print whatever you wish, assemble a group of people in a peaceful manner, and petition for what you feel is right. We are garunteed the right to posess firearms for the sake of protecting ourselves, families and our interests. The American Armed Forces will not be permitted to stay in your home without your permission. Your personal items cannot be searched, seized or otherwise rummaged through without the written order of a court residing on American soil. You do not have to testify against yourself if you feel that you would be found guilty of a crime because of what you say. Our Constitution affords us the right to a fair and speedy trial by jury if we so desire one. Our bodies and minds are protected from cruel and unusual punishment and our bank accoutns are protected from excessive bail and fines.

These rights have withstood the test of time and the criticism of generations upon generations of American citizens. Not only are we governed by a body of written law, we are also governed by mountains of common, or court decided law (unless you live in New Orleans).

In Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942), defamation is placed as a limit on the freedom of speech, and for that reason, I will not be using names in this post. Again, if you are offended, see href=”http://blog.tlmason.com/archives/000178.html” target=”_blank”>my apology. And I apologize in advance to all of you who read my blog in a public school, you won’t be able to for a while after this post.