The U.S. Constitution gives an American citizen of whatever background a reference that can be pointed to that summarizes protections that the Declaration of Independence called our God given and unalienable rights. In an era of confusion and often problematic claims, it is good to go back to the sources that can be used to better understand and protect our rights.
“Constitution Day September 17th is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia,” according to Wikipedia.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” So reads the U.S. Constitution, per the Constitution Center.
An under 60 second snapshot is found at this link below, which is where the featured image was captured.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) video by this federal agency has interesting video clips, but also speaks about grants available in the context of their study and promotion of the Constitution. “September 17th is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787 when, at the end of a long hot summer of discussion, debate and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America’s most important document.”
The full text of America’s constitution is found at this link here.
Note: the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.” The ratification of the constitution hinged on these 10 explicit rights.
Those ten include protections for speech, religion, self-defense, organization and assembly, private property, and more. While the entire document is relevant, many will find specific items in what follows important. For example, the defense of private property in Amendments IV and V are two of many examples that ought to be pondered in the light of restrictions on housing. That said, all of these are significant in a variety of ways.
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
Consider sharing this with your circle. Our 12-year old son has known for some time that “the Constitution limits and defines the powers of the government” so that it gives maximum protection to the rights of “We the People.” The more who know their rights, the more secure our rights are.
When you consider principles such as the right to ‘enhanced preemption’ of manufactured homes under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, in a constitutional sense, it is really nothing more than protecting the right of a citizen to place on property they own or want to buy. That is just one of several points to consider in the light of this foundational federal document. Keep in mind that you have a state constitution too.
Keep in mind that every public official takes an oath of office that includes upholding the U.S. Constitution. That’s our second look at “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, inspiration, and commentary.)
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