Thanks for this, Jaime.
I think everyone you make this a "home" page for their browser. What a great reminder that freedom is precious every time it opens.
It's an obsolete historic document because most of it no longer applies.
Ratification of the constitution was completed on June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire voted approval. The US Congress officially deratified the document on October 26, 2001. The purpose of the laws were to define the limits of Federal power, but the 2001 vote ended all that. As of this writing, laws and restrictions apply to citizens but not the Federal government. Anyone who thinks Americans still have liberty under constitutional law is sadly mistaken.
The following text is a brief transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as 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. * Annuled by Federal restrictions against public prayer, IRS 501.c.3, peaceful assembly is disallowed by local authorities, litigation against the US government is illegal.AMENDMENT II
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.
* Annuled by transfer of command of state National Guard from governor's office to the PentagonAMENDMENT III
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.* Annuled by the law of Eminent Domain. The government has the right to seize property for any reason at any time.AMENDMENT IV
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.* Annuled by the Patriot Act with TSA as the exective arm - allows search and seizure without warrant or reason.AMENDMENT V
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 offence 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.* Annulled by the Patriot Act of Oct. 2001 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.
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 defence.* Annulled by the Patriot Act of Oct. 2001 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.AMENDMENT VII
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 the common law.* Annulled by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.AMENDMENT VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.* Annulled by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.AMENDMENT IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.* Annulled by the Patriot Act of Oct. 2001 and 'The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act'/ObamaCare of 2011.AMENDMENT X
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.* Usurped by the Federal Government at the expense of State's rights beginning in 1865OTHER:1947 National Security Act - Grants power to the president to lead America into war.
Annuls Article 1 section 8 which states only congress can do so.
Naive worship of the constitution and adherence to the fantasy of a dead republic will not solve today's problems. They serve only to ignore them. The United States is now a fascist police state. Citizens have no real power to decide or administer its policy.
and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...