I sometimes wonder how many U.S. citizens have taken the time to read the U.S. Constitution and that includes the ten Amendments known as the Bill of Rights. While all of us should read the Bill of Rights, it’s especially needed by those who make laws in this country, both at the national and state levels. It’s also needed for those who have the responsibility to interpret those laws passed by Legislative bodies. I fear that we have failed to follow to the letter that which was expected by our forefathers. Most of our readers are probably familiar with the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States. But to be sure I am setting these amendments out here.
The Seventh Amendment is one that has been virtually ignored and greatly abused by the U.S. Supreme Court and also by the Executive branch of government during the Bush Administration. It’s clear as a bell that each U.S. citizen has a constitutional right to a trial by jury to resolve civil disputes in our judicial system. That’s why it’s impossible to reconcile the courts allowing mandatory, binding arbitration and federal preemption, each of which take away the rights of citizens. When the members of the U.S. House of Representatives read the entire U.S. Constitution earlier this year, I wondered if all of them grasped the true meaning of what they read and heard. Hopefully, enough of them did and will work to see that all Constitutional rights are preserved and protected.
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