Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, except to tax religions not officially recognized by the state and to prohibit the consumption of certain natural substances as part of religious rituals. Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech within free speech zones, or of the press to report government issued statements, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble with a valid permit, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances in a manner prescribed by law.
A standing army equipped with weapons of mass destruction being essential to the security of a super-power, the right of some people to keep and bear ineffective small arms shall not be infringed except for 20,000 reasonable and well enforced gun control laws.
No soldier shall, in time of perpetual war for perpetual peace be quartered in any house, apartment or condominium without the consent of the Owner, but money may be confiscated from any citizen under threat of imprisonment to pay for the quartering of a standing army at designated military bases in America or other nations.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall be violated only when deemed necessary by Government Bureaucrats acting under authority of law. No Warrants shall issue, but upon suspicion, supported by authorities acting in good faith, and naming the State in which such search and/or seizure is to take place.
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 when deemed appropriate by the President or his agents; nor shall any person be subject to for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb unless the one criminal act violates more than one law; nor shall any person be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself unless required under a plea bargain agreement. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of laws, regulations, and/or Executive Order; nor shall private property be taken for public or private use without some compensation.
In all criminal prosections, the accused shall enjoy a trial or tribunal held at the convenience of the Court, by a jury selected by the State, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation except where national security concerns exist; to be confronted with the witnesses against him except where deemed inappropriate; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of a State licensed attorney for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy exceeds an arbitrary amount to be determined by politicians, 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, other than according to the rules of the common law, laws enacted by the Federal or State Government, or rules of the local court.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted, except as permitted by law.
AMENDMENT IX - REPEALED
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
AMENDMENT X - REPEALED
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.
This article contributed by Tom Blanton of Richmond, Virginia.