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.
Theoretical reason to ignore 1st Amendment:
Congress makes law prohibiting the free exercise of Islam because it harbors so many terrorists. Islam is abolished from the U.S. The nation feels safer.
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.
Theoretical reason to ignore 2nd Amendment:
Congress collects all firearms in response to mass shootings across the nation. The nation feels safer.
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.
In order to secretly watch a local terrorist cell in a specific neighborhood the fed stations surveillance crews in the homes of nearby citizens. Most give consent, but those who do not are strategically located near a Mosque. The fed determines that these houses are critical to the mission and therefore forces by threat of law the home owner to quarter CIA/military members. The neighborhood feels safer.
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.
A known terrorist flees from police into a neighborhood. The National Guard is called in and quickly makes a secure perimeter around the neighborhood. They then, by force, go door to door with their weapons and search the houses for the suspect. The neighborhood and nation feels safer.
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.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
A teenager’s dad is a known terrorist and, after obtaining emails and tapping phone lines for months, the CIA realizes that the son is a terrorist sympathizer and has been helping his dad by wiring money, encrypting emails, and taking pictures of possible sites for a terrorist plot. The FBI moves into the house, takes the young man and puts him in a federal prison without an arrest. They hold him indefinitely for information regarding the whereabouts of his father. When he finally cracks, the President gives the okay to use a drone to blow up a building his father is staying in. The nation feels safer.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
After years of partisan bickering, the GOP and democrats begin to use political powers to suppress the minorities. The GOP, being the vast majority in both houses, passes a law expanding the power of Congress and issues Congress its own domestic police, initially passed under the guise of protection from an increasingly hostile environment and after a few congressional members are assassinated. A few months later the Republicans attempt to pass a bill making it illegal to communicate with anyone in Muslim/terrorist nations. The minority party filibusters on the floor of the House in order to keep a GOP bill from going through; but the majority party uses its newly formed body of thugs to remove the democratic congressman from the floor and forces the bill through making it illegal to communicate to the Muslim nations. The nation feels safer.
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.
Five states vote to withdrawal from participation in the newly passed legislation written in any of the sections above. Those five states are then threatened by the federal government with the withholding of all federal dollars to the state until they implement the law. Those states are forced to participate in helping the federal government fight terrorism… and the nation feels safer.
Everyone in the nation is happy because they’re protected by the federal government. Everyone except those that the federal government declares a threat or an enemy. Those individuals don’t feel safe. Nobody feels safe to speak against the new expansions of this federal government for fear of having this new machine unleashed on them. The nation feels safe, but only because it is cowering behind the giant hand of the fed.
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