The Bill of Rights is the most important part of the Constitution.
Because it basically lists all the freedoms that our federal government has been assigned to protect through the sovereignty of our Creator.
Those rights—each and every one of them—aren’t “given” by the federal government, but rather PROTECTED by them. The job of a good government is to do whatever they can to ensure Americans are always allowed to exercise their rights.
But that’s changed somehow.
Nowadays, the federal government has cast itself in the role of the Creator Himself, and officials act like these rights can given or taken away at their leisure.
This should be what worries all Americans…
But there is a large number of our fellow countrymen that would rather be “safe” than free, and so they’re willing to give up basic rights in exchange for the illusion of safety.
And it IS an illusion.
Almost ALL safety is an illusion because we can’t ever really control what is going on around us.
But liberty is never an illusion—you either have it or you don’t.
This is why the Founding Fathers made sure that checks and balances were a part of the governing body.
But in 2021 America, those checks and balances ALL seem to be failing, and our government believes it is THEIR place to give and take these liberties as they choose.
Big Case For SCOTUS… AND America
What’s about to happen in the Supreme Court is HUGE, and it could have lasting effects on our country going forward.
Right now, the highest court in the land is debating whether the Fourth Amendment is as important as we all think it is.
The Fourth Amendment right against warrantless searches of a person’s home is at the beginning of the Bill of Rights for a good reason. Its level of importance is right up there with the first three.
Probable cause is needed for any police officer or government official to obtain a warrant from a judge to enter an American’s home. Barring some extenuating circumstances, it’s worked well for centuries.
However, since 9/11, there have been a few growing movements in American law enforcement seeking an exception to this protection, a loophole in the Fourth Amendment that they’ve taken to calling “community caretaking.”
The Supreme Court contends that there is a “community caretaking” exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement because police perform “community caretaking functions, totally divorced from the detection, investigation, or acquisition of evidence relating to the violation of a criminal statute.”
The Court held that police activity in furtherance of these functions does not violate the Fourth Amendment as long as it is executed in a “reasonable” manner.
The last time the Supreme Court tried this was due to police taking a gun out of a trunk of an impounded car.
However, now the SCOTUS will judge whether the community care exception can apply to searches of a person’s home as well.
Will SCOTUS Abolish The 4th Amendment?
Apparently, vehicles have always had less Fourth Amendment protection than homes, which are considered a person’s most private realm. Federal courts have been divided on this question and the Supreme Court has not been forced to rule on this exemption from the Constitution…until now.
The SCOTUS has just announced that it will hear arguments next month on a case that presents this issue: Caniglia v. Strom.
In this case, a husband (Mr. Caniglia) was arguing with his wife and melodramatically put an unloaded gun on the table and said “shoot me now and get it over with.”
His wife called a non-emergency number for the police, who arrived shortly thereafter. The police disagreed about whether Mr. Caniglia was acting “normal” or “agitated,” but they convinced him to take an ambulance to the local hospital for evaluation.
While he was on his way to the hospital, the wife told the police that her husband kept two handguns in the home, and the police decided to search the residence for the guns without obtaining a warrant (Mrs. Caniglia’s consent to have the police search their home was legally negated because the police said that her husband had consented to the seizure of any guns).
The police found and confiscated both guns and now the husband, Mr. Caniglia, is suing for the violation of his Fourth and Second Amendment rights.
If this goes against Mr. Caniglia, then there would be NOTHING stopping the federal government from confiscating any gun of any American they deem “dangerous.”
This is a slippery slope…
And one we need to pay close attention to.
If we lose the protections of the Fourth Amendment, we can lose the protections of the three before it…
And once they’re gone, we can say our pledge of allegiance to the Communist States of America.
God help us…
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms.” – Richard Henry Lee