2015 was a record-setting year for the Federal Register, according to numbers the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., released Wednesday.
This year’s daily publication of the federal government’s rules, proposed rules and notices amounted to 81,611 pages as of Wednesday, higher than last year’s 77,687 pages and higher than the all-time high of 81,405 pages in 2010 — with one day to go in 2015.
ADVERTISEMENT In a blog post on the libertarian think tank’s website, the group’s vice president for policy, Clyde Wayne Crews, said there have been 3,378 final rules and regulations among the pages of the Federal Register this year. Some of the major final rules included the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and its Waters of the Unites States rule, as well as the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality order
. He said another 2,334 proposed rules were issued in 2015 and are at various stages of consideration. On top of that, President Obama issued 29 executive orders and 31 executive memorandums, among them were agency directives to expand paid family and medical leave and overtime pay.
Are we losing all of our Constitutional Rights as Americans? Well, in this article we are going to be going over our first 10 Amendments that this once great nation was based upon.
1st Amendment– 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.
Now let’s review this amendment shall we. Our government is arresting those who are speaking out, and standing up for what they believe in. They are crushing peaceful assemblies which attempt to petition the government for redress of their wrong doing. There are also laws enacted that allow the Secret Service to arrest anyone protesting near the president. Massive spying by the NSA massively violates every bit of our freedom of association. We are now being labeled as ‘’terrorist’’ for being Christians, or for just exercising our First Amendment rights in general. It has gotten so bad that our very own Supreme Court Justices are saying that we are descending straight into tyranny.
2nd Amendment- A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
The current president and his administration have been after our guns since he stepped foot into office. He has tried to use executive action in an attempt to conspire with Congress AGAINST the constitution, but we the American people put a halt to that. Our federal government is currently trying once again to violate the second amendment, and stripping us of our right to keep and bear arms by attempting to make guns illegal. To disarm the citizens of the United States of America. That is the ultimate goal.
3rd Amendment- 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.
N/A at this point
4th Amendment- 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.
Okay, let’s think about this one for a minute… the NSA is spying on literally EVERYTHING we do without any real justification. So yeah, there went that amendment right out the window.
5th Amendment- 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; now shall any persons 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.
Here is another amendment that has been completely annihilated. Our government claims the right to indefinitely detain any American citizen WITHOUT due process. You no longer have the right to remain silent, that privilege is long gone. You are guilty until proven innocent. On the bright side Double Jeopardy seems to still be intact.
6th Amendment- 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.
Once again we are back on the topic of our government indefinitely detaining people obviously violates the 6th amendment right to a jury trial. More often than not, the government prosecutes cases based upon what they call ‘’secret evidence’’ in which they don’t show the defendant nor the judge over the case. Laws themselves are now starting to be kept secret, and it’s unfortunately about to get worse.
7th Amendment- 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 re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law.
N/A at this point
8th Amendment- Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Once again an indefinitely detained prisoner would come into play for this amendment as well wouldn’t it? I would consider that pretty cruel and unusual punishment, wouldn’t you? Torture carried out of the last ten years that is of course with the help of other countries would be a violation of the 8th amendment too, wouldn’t you agree?
9th Amendment- The enumeration in the constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
By working hand in hand with the extremely large corporations to defraud us into paying for a much lower quality of life, the government is continuously stomping all over our basic rights as people.
10th Amendment- 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.
Last but not least, two of the main principles of America’s founding fathers are:
(1) The government is created and empowered with the consent of the people
(2) Separation of powers
Most American’s now days believe that the government is more threatening, rather than protecting our freedoms. We are more frightened of our government than the terrorist that our main stream media wants us to be so afraid of. Our government is no longer acting with the consent of the governed.
Let us close by quoting Ronald Reagan. ‘’Governments first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.