What Other Amendments Do We Not Need?

Nobody needs a gun, so they say. You don’t need it to hunt and the police are there to defend you. What else would you need it for? Besides they don’t want to take away everybody’s guns, they just want to restrict them with “commonsense” laws.

But here’s the squeeze, if you regulate something so much as to make it impossible, it’s the same thing as a ban. Sure, sure, technically speaking it’s not a ban, it just happens to have the same effect. It’s why we have laws against assault and not against punching people. Punching people is covered in assault, it’s not specifically banned but still a crime by falling under regulations.

How is legal suffocation different from a ban? It’s not.
They tell us the Second Amendment is outdated, that it applied to different times and doesn’t have a place in our modern society. That’s it’s use is unnecessary. The government takes care of us anyway. So might there be other Amendments from the Bill of Rights do we not need anymore?

Not many would doubt the First so we’ll leave that one intact for now, though that establishing a religion thing might need a reworking in the future. We’ve already crossed off the Second, so on to the Third.

III. 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.

We haven’t had to deal with that in a while, let’s get rid of it. Most people probably don’t even know what quartering is. Obviously then we can get rid of it. Besides surely the government wouldn’t violate the sanctity of our homes to quarter soldiers anyway, they have bases for that stuff. Gone.

IV.

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.

If you don’t have anything to hide, you have no reason to object to random searches on you and your belongings. It’s the safety of everyone we’re worried about. Anyone who objects to being searched is clearly hiding something. Gone.

V. 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 offense 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.

We can probably get rid of this one too. Like the Fourth Amendment, if you have nothing to hide you shouldn’t be opposed. The government can do no wrong. If they have reason to suspect you know something they should be able to force you to talk, and if you don’t, well that’s an admission of guilt isn’t it? Gone.

VI. 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 defense.

We can probably keep this one. Not because government prosecutors would ever get anything wrong but because a civilian making a charge might get something wrong. Because civilians are the only people who ever make mistakes.

VII. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Surely the government is unbiased in its judgements and could never be corrupted. Plus it would have the benefit of nobody ever having to go to jury duty again. Gone.

VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

This is kind of a silly law. Obviously anyone the government brings to court is guilty, I mean why else would they be suspected? Again its important to remember the government never makes mistakes or does anything wrong. Gone.

IX. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Of course not! We’ll keep it cause it seems pretty useless not that we’ve cut out most of the rest anyway. Gone.

X. 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.

No, no, no this just won’t do. Let’s change the order so it says “the powers not delegated to the States, or the people, are reserved to the United States”.

Yeah that works much better. It’s important to remember we don’t want people or states getting in the way of the government doing what it knows is best for everyone. Altered.

There you have it we’ve cut out seven unneeded amendments from the Bill of Rights. We’ve left number one(for now) and the sixth as well, while altering the tenth.

How much easier it will be to govern now that those pesky and unneeded rules are out of the way. Utopia here we come! Or should I say, workers paradise here we come!

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Posted on February 27, 2013, in Problems to Ponder and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey while we are at it we should pass restrictions on speech because the founders never conceptualized 24 hour television and the internet. These vehicles of speech could be used to spread derisive, and potentially harmful speech, so all speech on these mediums must conform to a regulatory body that ensures that fairness, equality and good speech are maintained. It’s not like there still isn’t free speech, there is, you can meet in groups and pass out news letters but we there is no reason why criticisms of the government or potentially offensive speech should be given free reign. For those individuals who make a living, such as shock jocks, we can create regulation to ensure that those individuals can still practice their trade, yet ensure that only properly trained professions are able to speak their minds.

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