Editor’s note: Frankly, I am getting tired of this series. I love what this country stands for and chronicling its decline is sad. Therefore, I am going to combine parts 5 and 6, then augment the last part with my own thoughts about what we can do about it.
In Part 4, Michael Ventura looked at the behavior of the United States on the international scene and described how it has become a rogue nation – one that makes agreements and then ignores them.
In this post, Ventura takes a look at how the Bill of Rights is breaking down in the state-level justice systems.
First, we look at what the rule of law looks like. Put simply, no one is above the law. It worked in Italy where an intelligence community official got jail time for “complicity with the [US] CIA”
Second, we look at what the rule of law is not – members of the intelligence community are exempt and in many cases promoted for ignoring the rule of law.
Third, we examine how the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth Amendments are routinely ignored by federal and state courts. It has always been somewhat true that lack of money causes the system to break down but now the situation is chronic.
Part 6 – The invisible Ninth and Tenth Amendments
This post discusses how the last 2 parts of the Bill of Rights are Universally ignored.
What is left of the bulwark of the Constitution? (Bulwark is defined as a “defensive wall”)
The Ninth and Tenth Amendments help us understand the Framers’ intent more than any other part of the Constitution.
Ventura uses quotes form the debate about weather there should be a Bill of Rights at all to show us that all of them were passionate about liberty. Ironically, in the end both sides (for and against a Bill of Rights in the Constitution) were proven right.
The Ninth: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
The Tenth: “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 intent of these Amendments is CRYSTAL CLEAR – if the Framers forgot anything, those interpreting should err on the side of liberty. Trying to say they mean anything else is simply WRONG.
In the final post of the Constitution no Longer Applies series
And finally, Part 7 looks at the rest of the Constitution and how the press subverts it