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All are welcome to participate in TCC's exciting, new WEEKLY Discussion series. We will begin with the Bill of Rights. We are working together to educate and find real solutions to the problems plaguing this great nation. Join us!

 

  • To Participate in these discussions we ask that you please read the weeks subject below and the Opinion Articles  (written by our dedicated Sr. Staff Members) to open the discussion regarding the relevancy of that Amendment as it applies in today's political world.
  • Comment/discuss each specific Amendment below it's post.
  • It is our hope that these discussions will be available as new members join us. I believe this information will be timeless with a continual flow of comments and discussion.
  • Discussions will need to be continually updated as world events unfold. Please feel free to come back and add comments at any time.
  • To Submit articles for Opening Discussions please Contact Susan Nielsen
  • All debate is welcome - The "Golden Rule" applies to all discussions.
     

 

Schedule:

Part I- Bill of Rights - Date To Be Announced

Part II- Article I - Date To Be Announced

 

 

THE BILL OF RIGHTS

1

FREEDOM OF RELIGION, SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, AND PETITION

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.

Opinions for Discussion And Background:

By Hugh Akston:
An Introduction to The Bill of Rights
Amendment 1

By Patricia Gillenwater:
The History of the Bill of Rights
First Amendment - Religious Liberty
The Establishment Clause
The Free Exercise Clause

 

Schedule

Beginning

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Please follow the links to the left to read the Opening Opinion Articles and join in the Discussions.

2

RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

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.

Opinions for Discussion:

By Hugh Akston
2nd Amendment

By Patricia Gillenwater
2nd Amendment

 

 

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3

LODGING OF TROOPS IN PRIVATE HOMES

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.

Opinions for Discussion:

By Hugh Akston
Amendment III

By Patricia Gillenwater
3rd Amendment

 

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4

SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND WARRANTS

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.

Opinions for Discussion:

By Hugh Akston

Amendment IV

By Patricia Gillenwater

Amendment 4

Clause 1

Clause 2

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5

CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS, DUE PROCESS, EMINENT DOMAIN

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.

Opinions for Discussion:

By Hugh Akston
Amendment V

By Patricia Gillenwater
5th Amendment
Due Process
Double Jeopardy
Grand Jury Requirement
Protection against self incrimination; "taking the 5th"
The Taking Clause - Eminent Domain

 

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6

CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

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.

Opinions for Discussion:
Hugh Akston
Patricia Gillenwater

 

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7

JURY TRIALS IN CIVIL CASES

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.

Opinions for Discussion:
Hugh Akston

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8

BAIL; CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT

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

Opinions for Discussion:
Hugh Akston

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9

UNENUMERATED RIGHTS

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

Opinions for Discussion:
Hugh Akston

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10

POWERS RESERVED TO THE STATES

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.

Opinions for Discussion:
Hugh Akston

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