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  • We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in
    the next week and the next month and the next
    year. And when they ask us what we're doing,
    you can say, We're remembering. That's where
    we'll win out in the long run. And someday we'll
    remember so much that we'll build the biggest
    goddamn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest
    grave of all time and shove war in it and cover it up.

    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451





    WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL – WASHINGTON, DC



    GOOD NEWS! I FOUND OUR BILL OF RIGHTS!

    AFTER SEARCHING ALL OVER FOR OUR BILL OF RIGHTS, AND LEARNING THAT IT HAS BEEN ALL BUT DESTROYED IN TERMS OF OUR SITUATION RIGHT NOW IN

    AMERICA, I FOUND IT ON THE INTERNET! (SEE FOOTNOTE BELOW)



    AND YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE WHERE ELSE I FOUND IT…


    I FOUND OUR BILL OF RIGHTS RIGHT IN OUR OWN HEARTS, AND IN THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO HAVE EMBRACED OUR GOD-GIVEN PRINCIPLES OF EQUALITY, FREEDOM, AND JUSTICE.

    AND I FOUND OUR BILL OF RIGHTS…

    IN THE HERITAGE OF THOSE OF US WHO WERE BORN HERE, OUR INHERITANCE…

    IN THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE, FROM ALL NATIONS, WHO HAVE COME TO AMERICA IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE…

    IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT WARS AND DIED FOR OUR COUNTRY…

    IN THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO REFUSE TO LET OUR AMERICAN DREAM EVAPORATE…

    IN THE COURAGE OF THOSE WHO RESIST THE ENCROACHMENT OF TYRANNY IN ALL ITS FORMS…

    IN THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO WORK TO BRING BETTERMENT TO LESS FORTUNATE COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES

    WORLDWIDE

    IN THE DREAM THAT TOOK US TO THE MOON AND KEEPS US REACHING FURTHER AND FURTHER INTO THE UNIVERSE...

    IN THE WORDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS WE CAN ACCOMPLISH GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE – JEFFERSON, LINCOLN,

    ROOSEVELT, KENNEDY, MARTIN LUTHER KING

    IN THE TENACITY OF THOSE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES WHO DARE SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, AND WHO REFUSE TO BOW DOWN OR SELL OUT TO THE EVILS

    OF OUR TIME

    IN THE PERSISTENCE OF THOSE IN THE ALTERNATIVE MEDIA WHO WRITE TRUE STORIES OF HOPE AND PROGRESS TOWARD A SANER, MORE EQUITABLE

    SOCIETY

    IN THE FEARLESSNESS OF THOSE WHO DARE TO EXPOSE THE HORRORS OF WAR, AND CONTINUE TO CAMPAIGN FOR PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL

    PROBLEMS…



    THESE ARE JUST A FEW PLACES WHERE I FOUND BOTH THE SUBSTANCE AND THE SPIRIT OF OUR BILL OF RIGHTS, ALIVE AND WELL AFTER ALL.

    OUR BILL OF RIGHTS IS FAR MORE THAN HISTORICAL WORDS ON PAPER, BUT RATHER LIVING, HEARTBEATS OF WORDS WHICH HAVE TAKEN UP RESIDENCE IN

    OUR DNA, AND WHICH CONTINUE TO INSPIRE PEOPLES AND COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE.



    MY SEARCH FOR OUR BILL OF RIGHTS IS OVER…

    AND NOW, THE REAL WORK TO PRESERVE IT FOR OUR NATIONAL SALVATION, FOR THE WORLD, AND FOR HISTORY, BEGINS.


    SEMPER FI



    (END)

    (Photograph at the World War II Memorial, July 4, 2012, in the virtual 3-D world of Second Life)


    ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

    FOOTNOTE:

    About the Bill of Rights

    The year was 1789. The U.S. Constitution, which had recently passed Congress and been ratified by majority of states, established the U.S. government as it exists today. But a number of thinkers of the time, including Thomas Jefferson, were concerned that the Constitution included few explicit guarantees of personal liberty of the sort that had appeared in state constitutions. Jefferson, who was living abroad in Paris at the time as U.S. ambassador to France, wrote to his protege James Madison asking him to propose a Bill of Rights of some kind to Congress. Madison agreed. After revising Madison's draft, Congress approved a Bill of Rights and ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution became law.

    The Bill of Rights primarily a symbolic document until the U.S. Supreme Court established its power to strike down unconstitutional legislation in Marbury v. Madison (1803), giving it teeth. It still only applied to federal legislation, however, until the Fourteenth Amendment (1866) extended its power to include state law.

    It's impossible to understand civil liberties in the United States without understanding the Bill of Rights. Its text limits both federal and state powers, protecting individual rights from government oppression through the intervention of federal courts.
    Source: Ask.com



    Text of the Bill of Rights:

    The Bill of Rights is made up of ten separate amendments, dealing with issues ranging from free speech and unjust searches to religious liberty and cruel and unusual punishment.

    The First Amendment
    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.

    The Second Amendment
    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.

    The Third Amendment
    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 Fourth Amendment
    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.

    The Fifth Amendment
    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 offense 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.

    The Sixth Amendment
    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 defense.

    The Seventh Amendment
    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.

    The Eighth Amendment
    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

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

    The Tenth Amendment
    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.
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