I am with Boy Scouts Troop 100. We have been teaching our boys citizenship and had recommended some websites for them to go to look up information. One of the sites was http://www.whitehouse.gov/ Well some of the information I found has alarmed me. At their site on the header tab you'll see one for our government. Under that you'll find The Constitution.
I was reading this and got down to where they were talking about The Bill of Rights. Well the have condensed and rewrote the first 10, without any explanation. By doing so, they have changed the meaning and understanding of them. They are not like our Founding Fathers intended for them to be. With this being our Nations official website, you'd think they would document it right.
How can we teach our youth right, if the source you send them to that should be correct is not? This has disturbed me deeply to where I have to start a movement and petition that is called I Want My Bill of Rights, right at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ So I hope if you see me out you will sign my petition, and maybe let me video you for my short film to be sent with the petition to Congressman Pence. Then I'll also post it on my video blog and youtube site.
This is not the way our Founding Fathers wrote it, and it's also nobodies business to change it without an act from Congress. If we let them make the little changes without acting, then that leads to bigger change that we can't stop. Is this is what was meant when all the talk was about CHANGE? Well this is change I don't want to see! Please stand with me and call our Congressman and Senators. Thank You
Congressman Pence Washington office # 202-225-3021
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.
The correct version:
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.
The Second and the Forth are the most obvious. Thank You all for your help and time.
Hello Congressman Mike Pence & Fellow Members
During some research for Boy Scouts earning their Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge, I discovered something alarming. On the main Whitehouse website page, under the tab our Government, The Constitution, when they get to the Bill of Rights, It is written WRONG!
I find this very disturbing, and misleading. Especially since it is on the countries main website, and we had given it as a reference source. It is one of the most important documents in our countries history. I don%u2019t know who thought they had the right to change and reword it. If that is a dumbed down version for our slower society, then it should be written correctly, as James Madison had introduced it to Congress in 1789, with the other version somewhere else. But even at that, this version is very wrong in its interpretation.
We as a country have and are slowly losing our rights and freedoms, by legislation that has been passed and made law. I feel that it is my Right and Duty to stand up to this misinterpretation. To where there will be no question or misunderstanding, when it comes to Our Rights and Freedoms. So we, Americans, Citizens and Constitutes, have came together to form this Petition: I want My Bill of Rights wrote Right at http://www.whitehouse.gov/
So that you may present it to your fellow Congressmen, and have this gross and neglect misinterpretation of Our Bill of Rights corrected. I commend you for the job you are doing for us, and hope that you will stand with us.
Richard Todd Rausch
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