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Fight for the right to be left alone

WE have a few Constitution- challenged individuals who want to secede from the union. They are as entertaining as they are benighted.

The whole point of the Civil War is lost on these lost souls.

Let us clarify matters by amending the Constitution to read: "the articles of this confederation shall be inviolably observed by every state, and the union shall be perpetual."

Those words are from the Articles of Confederation, the forerunner to the Constitution.

But it is hard to take seriously these petitions to secede when they come from people in all 50 states. All 50 states will secede? Really?

A more serious threat to liberty comes from the Democratic Party.

They want to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision, which allows people to run political ads unrestricted by Congress.

This proposal to shut up Americans comes from the same liberals who said we should not clutter up the Constitution with a flag protection amendment.


I agree that restricting flag burning infringes upon our God-given right to free speech. The Constitution is meant to restrict the government, not the citizens.

Given the huge bipartisan mess in Washington, it is time to slap a few more restrictions on the government.

My amendments:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a health care insurance system, or prohibiting riding a motorcycle without a helmet; or abridging the freedom of hate speech, or of the politically incorrect press; or the right of the people to party, and to petition the government to leave them the heck alone.

A well-lit household being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear incandescent light bulbs shall not be infringed.

No tag shall in time of peace be placed on mattresses 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 bathrooms, bedrooms and thoughts, against unreasonable rules and regulations, shall not be violated.

No person shall be held to answer for a picayune rule or otherwise petty regulation, 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 private property be taken for public use, without just compensation, and public use does not mean to turn the property over to a private developer.

In disputes with the federal bureaucracy, where the value in controversy shall exceed $20, 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 the common law.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage the overall right of the people to be left the hell alone.


You bet. Just like Congress and the bureaucracy it spawned.

President Obama may be a socialist but most of these problems pre-dated his election in 2008 - and many of these rules and regulations came under a Republican Congress or president.

Power corrupts. Washington is corrupt. It's time to pull the plug on all that power.

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