Category Archives: Amendments

Articles about the Amendments to the US Constitution

Double Jeopardy




In recent days, we have watched the debate over the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice. While the debate rages around things such as abortion, gay rights, women’s rights, and so forth, the single fact remains that these things are rarely the meat and potatoes of what the Supreme Court does. Almost never are those things noticed until after the fact. indeed, very few (if any) questions of any nominee relate to them or to the understanding of how those things might end up affecting our day to day lives. Read the rest of this entry

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Taking a 5th of History




James Madison once wrote that “A Government is instituted to protect property of every sort…This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.”

So what happens when a government, other then the national government, that is, decides that it wants what you have, even if they claim it’s for a “public benefit?”

In the Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, a nice old lady – she’s even named Rose Mary Knick –  owns a cute place on the edge of town that has a bit of property around it that – this is important – she owns.

(Commence menacing music here) Read the rest of this entry

The Case of the Danbury Cafeteria



“Congress shall make no law… respecting the establishment of religion…
or preventing the free exercise thereof…” – 1st Amendment

In Danbury, Connecticut, the local Baptist congregation is deeply concerned about the ability to freely practice their religion. Sure, the Constitution says they can, but those words are only as good as the men who uphold them. They are pleased that Thomas Jefferson, a well-known fighter for religious freedom is now President. Still, they want to make sure where he stands, so they write him a letter. Read the rest of this entry

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