When you think about the individual rights afforded to you by the Constitution, which one do you worry about the most? Which one is consistently violated by all levels of government. I’ll bet that probably most you said the First Amendment as it pertains to the freedom of speech. There are too many places where that particular freedom is being infringed upon and usurped by a corrupted class of the government obsessed with political correctness and social justice and a bunch of other nonsense that has no business in this republic of ours. But what freedom do you worry about the second most? Which freedom is also under fire at almost the same rate as the freedom of speech?
Honestly, I doubt that half of you considered the Fourth Amendment. Yes, that one. The fourth Amendment which protects you from the over zealous approach of the government rooting through your life and your belongings without proper cause, for no other reason that either to harass, punish, or to terrorize.
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.
You wonder what in the hell I am talking about. Your rights have never seemingly been violated by ‘the man’. No one has stopped you and pawed through your things, threatened or terrorized you. No one has come to you without a warrant and just went and gone through your things. But I am talking about at large, not on an individual scale. You need to look to the larger cities to see the things going on. A few months ago I wrote about the initiative in Houston, Tx to stop bus travellers and randomly question them about their destination, reason for taking the bus, and other bull crap that any official of a government has no right to ask you nor do you have the obligation to answer it.
We’re not living in Nazi Freakin’ Germany folks, some jack booted thug shouldn’t be stopping you on the street asking for your papers. This is America you don’t have to prove who you are, where you are going, what you are doing, without a reasonable suspicion that you are up to no good. Maybe in a back alley at two in the morning wearing a trench coat in the rain would warrant a stopping, but walking home in the middle of the day. I say screw you officer, I am under no obligation to cater to your whims.
Now the NYPD has a policy…Stop, Question and Frisk, in which officers randomly stop people and search them to determine if they are up to any wrongdoing or possess weapons and other illegal items. In 2011, the New York City Police Department violated the rights of 685,724 people in the pursuit of their goals. They stopped these individuals wholly without probable cause of whom an overwhelming 88 percent were deemed innocent of any wrong doing. The problem is that those who don’t complain are being conditioned to accept this kind of invasive behavior as normal. Those who defend this policy say nothing of your rights, claiming in is a necessary thing in today’s society.
Statists who justify this new American police state say the policy is an effective tool for deterring crime. “Stop and Frisks are a necessary evil,” said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, an NYPD union. “A lot of times it’s hard for the general public to understand.” Yes, I guess it is hard for me to understand how violating someones rights makes me safer. I suppose when you catch the occasional criminal, you lock them up and throw away the key without due process either. Do none of these people get lawyers who say, uh fourth amendment?
You know, random searches of citizens’ homes would be equally effective at finding contraband and illegal items and other things but there is only one problem with that — it blatantly violates the Fourth Amendment. How long do you think that will stop the machinations of a government willing to bend the Constitution so far to bring you a police state in a large metropolis and then tell you how safe it is making you.
No, I don’t care what you think, you’ll need a warrant to enter my home, car, or search my person. I do not consent, and neither should you dear reader.