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Rights & Responsibilities
By Jim Kirwan

The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called


A Reader suggested that what I called for in a previous article ought to be added to that 'Bill of Rights', which are the first ten Amendments to the US Constitution... So here are the Amendments followed by suggested Responsibilities.


"Congress Shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

ARTICLE ONE: Responsibilities

People must respect the establishment of religions and the right of others to believe as they choose. Freedom of speech must reflect the right to use it, but also the need to speak when speech might contradict the will of the majority. The press has the responsibility to report on events that might show the Government to be wrong or criminal, especially during a time-of-war; especially when the information is necessary to be able to help the public perform its critical role in public-policy or opinion. Government has the responsibility not to interfere in any way with peaceful public demonstrations against the government; no matter how difficult this might be for government.


"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."

ARTICLE TWO: Responsibilities

It shall be the responsibility of every citizen who bears arms to come to the defense of themselves and their countrymen and women; whenever this nation is under attack, by any force whether foreign or domestic.


"No soldier in time of peace shall be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but I a manner described by law."

ARTICLE THREE: Responsibilities

No citizen shall surrender the privacy of their home, whether physical or electronic to the government, without consent of the owner, in peace or war, except as in a manner described by constitutional law.


"The right by the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oaths or affirmations and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

ARTICLE FOUR: Responsibilities

People shall not grant permission, and may resist with deadly force, any unauthorized invasion of their persons, houses, papers and effects by anyone not authorized by Constitutional law to conduct such searches or seizures. There shall be no exceptions for the government at any level including national-security, to these requirements of Constitutional laws that govern this place.


"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or an indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in a time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled ion 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."

ARTICLE FIVE: Responsibilities

No person shall be seized, detained or searched in any way, without the above mentioned rights being fully observed, the exception above concerning 'time of war or public danger' can only apply when the forces being used to detain, search or punish are actually US military personnel. Private or mercenary forces in uniform or not shall have no rights under the terms of the constitution, so it becomes the responsibility of the people to insure, with deadly force if necessary, that all such illegal searches, seizures or molestations do not occur. It shall also be the responsibility of every person not to be forced to bear witness against themselves, or to be illegally deprived of life, liberty, or property, except when such actions are constitutionally founded.


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 have been informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

ARTICLE SIX: Responsibilities

In all cases the accused shall not be detained beyond 90 days, before his or her trial is held, because this violates the right "to a speedy and public trial," Unless an extension be granted by the court for a publicly stated cause that must be verifiable. The 'word of peace-officers and or officers of the court shall have no more authority in these matters than do the accused, as the person charged must remain innocent until proven guilty. Any denial of any of the rest of the provisions above shall result in an automatic acquittal of the accused on grounds that a fair an impartial trial was not being pursued. The responsibility of the citizen to obtain their rights is their responsibility in conjunction with their defense lawyers and all officers of the court, which was constituted solely for this purpose, so that no other government, foreign or domestic agenda can be considered as having any part in any criminal proceeding.


"In suits at common law, where the value of controversy shall exceed

twenty dollars, the right of a trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall otherwise be re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law."

ARTICLE SEVEN: Responsibilities

The responsibility of the citizen is herein to preserve his or her right to a fair trial and to insure that the rules of evidence and 'standing' are observed. This does not include being held against their will by any corporate official, representative of a private corporation, to include the judges, and attorneys as well as any and all enforcement officers must represent only the rights and responsibilities of the citizens of the United States of America: There is no standing before any court that can have any association, however small, with United States Incorporated or any of its subsidiaries. This responsibility applies only to American citizens, and only in constitutionally structured American courts.


Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel or unusual punishments inflicted.

ARTICLE EIGHT: Responsibilities

Responsibilities here involve the right of the citizen to demand his or her rights under Article Eight of the Constitution. Any cruel or unusual punishment endured by the detainee, while in custody, must be started before the trial can proceed and must have started before the 90 limit expires for granting a speedy and fair trial.


"The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

ARTICLE NINE: Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the individual, upon having discovered such a seizure of the Constitutional rights "reserved to the people" be reported and followed to its legal conclusion, in the interests of the public and theState, because this public ownership of all rights not specifically and constitutionally granted to the State must remain with the public.


"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."

ARTICLE TEN: Responsibilities

The Responsibilities accepted by the citizen in exchange for their freedoms under the Constitution require citizens to jealously guard their rights in all cases, wherein any doubt might obtain, as to the government's or the State's so-called authority over any law or practice not granted to either the State or the Government. And it shall be the responsibility of the public to ensure that all laws passed by either congress or the State Houses shall have enforceable expiration dates that must be met or extended according to the terms under which such laws were passed; as outdated laws or the unfair and illegal statutes in their thousands now represent an unfair hindrance upon the ability of the people to function fairly.

Of course these "Laws of Responsibility" are only suggestions and are not meant to be taken literally ­ yet! However I'm sure that if people began to think about this as just a simple starting point: Then perhaps something real might become available and viable, in the future, if we still have one. . .


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