Take this quiz to see how well you know your rights. Match the rights with the Amendment found in the Bill of Rights. (The correct answers are at the bottom.) Good Luck.
1. The right to keep and bear arms.
2. The right to free speech.
3. The right to privacy (to be secure in our persons, homes, papers and effects against
unreasonable searches and seizures).
4. The right against cruel and unusual punishment.
5. The right to not be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.
6. The right to a trial by jury in a criminal prosecution.
7. The right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.
8. The right not to be compelled to be a witness against yourself.
9. The right against excessive bail and fines.
10. The right to legal counsel in a criminal prosecution.
1. Amendment II
2. Amendment I
3. Amendment IV
4. Amendment VIII
5. Amendment V
6. Amendment VI
7. Amendment I
8. Amendment V
9. Amendment VIII
10. Amendment VI
If you’ve read this far, congratulations—you pass the test! Although it’s relatively unimportant to know which number of Amendment corresponds with the various rights, what is critically important is that you understand what your rights are and stand up for your rights when they are infringed upon or come under attack. It has been well said that we can’t exercise our rights if we don’t know what they are. It’s also been said that we don’t deserve to have our rights if we’re not willing to stand up and fight for them.
Please note that the Amendments listed in the Bill of Rights are not rights which are granted by government, rather they are restrictions placed on the government; without which the constitution would not have been ratified. It is not proper to say we have “Constitutional Rights,” rather we have inalienable rights, granted to us by our Creator and acknowledged by the government as being inviolate and unassailable (which is in keeping with the spirit of the Constitution as expressed in the Preamble). Our inalienable rights are non-negotiable nor subject to regulation or taxation. Those in and behind government would like us to believe otherwise—and they will get away with it if we let them.
One of the most important Amendments (IX) happens to be one of the least talked about. It reads, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This language doesn’t appear to be plain enough for those in government who seek to trample our rights. These are usually the same windbags who try to tell us we have a “living constitution” and that only judges are sufficiently schooled and sage enough to tell us what it means. What gall, what BS. People allow themselves to be intimidated or easily misled when they don’t understand the truth about what’s going on.
In effect, what this amendment means to me is that it would not have been practical for the framers to list all of our inalienable rights. So they listed some of the most important rights, and made it clear that the all the other rights would not be denied or disparaged just because they weren’t specifically listed.
Here’s the truth (if the Constitution is to have any effect at all). The jurisdiction, authority and powers of the federal government are very strictly enumerated, defined and limited. Conversely, the rights of the people, who are sovereign, are nearly unlimited and wide open. For example, if I have a right to my life, then I have a right (and duty) to defend my life. That means I need to have a loaded gun, at the ready, at all times. There is no law which says I cannot own a gun and keep it loaded and at the ready. If there were such a law, it would be void for being repugnant to the Constitution. So, I have an inalienable right to keep and bear arms, without regard to the well-regulated militia. I have a right to travel freely (which means without a license). I have a right to earn a living (which means without a license or tax ID number). I have a right to marry whomever I want without a license. And on it goes. The government would have us believe exactly the opposite—that we can’t do any of these things without their approval, regulation, licensing, permitting and taxation.
Thank goodness for Amendment IX. How do you know it’s the truth? How do you know it’s not just me and my opinion? Why should you take my word for it? The truth looks pretty obvious to me, but you have to decide for yourself what it means to you—and that’s what it means to be sovereign and free. That’s what it means to stand up for what you believe in. That’s what it means to have the courage of your convictions.
If you’d like to learn more about your rights, the limitations of government, and what you can do to free yourself from all the lies, dogma, propaganda, misinformation and the agenda of the power-elite, please get a copy of Freedom or Forfeit: The Fate of America and read it today. The truth will make you free.