Posted by: reddiva | February 25, 2010

The Bill Johnson of Rights

The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States known to us as The Bill of Rights were written as a series of articles by James Madison in response to arguments by some of the more influential Founding Fathers that the Constitution as it was written failed to protect the basic principles of human liberty.

Amendment I – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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.

Amendment II – Right to Bear Arms (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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.

Amendment III – Quartering of Soldiers (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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.

Amendment IV – Search and Seizure (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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 probably cause, supported by the Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings. (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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.

Amendment VI – Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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 defence.

Amendment VII – Trial by Jury in Civil Cases (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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 re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII – Cruel and Unusual Punishment (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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

Amendment IX – Construction of Constitution (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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

Amendment X – Powers of the States and People (Ratified 12/15/1791)

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.

Bill Johnson, Republican candidate for US Senate for Kentucky, believes in the Bill of Rights.  He supports our Constitution and has exhibited his support in the oath that he swore as a Navy officer.  This support hasn’t changed since his active duty ended.  He remains ever vigilant to guard our nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

In addition to being a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and a gun owner himself, Bill Johnson also supports the elimination of the Department of Education.  Because he is also a supporter of the Tenth Amendment, he supports moving all decisions related to education to the States including his personal support for school vouchers and home schooling.  Bill Johnson also believes in term limits for Senators and Congressmen.  He has committed to serving only 12 years regardless of the passage of an amendment to that effect.

Bill Johnson also has his own list of things that are right for the citizens of Kentucky and the rest of the United States.  I call it the Bill Johnson of Rights.  These rights have been listed clearly on his campaign website since he decided as a citizen that he needs to do something to protect our nation and our citizens from the tax and spend priority in Washington.

  • Energy – I support all forms of coal removal including mountain top removal and development.  I advocate building additional refineries to process oil, building nuclear power plants in areas not abundant in coal, and drilling for oil in the United States and off the coast.  I am against cap and trade as well as all new taxes on energy.
  • Military – I believe in peace through strength. I support preemptive action when our National Interests are at stake.  I support maintaining our forward deployed military bases.  I favor increased troop levels in Afghanistan and keeping the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Economy – I am against government bailouts of corporations.  I do not support a federal stimulus package based on government spending.  Instead, I support cutting taxes for corporations and individuals to generate real economic growth.  I believe in supply side economics.
  • Healthcare – I do not support a public option.  I support free market based solutions like good faith estimates, State tort reform, and insurance available across state lines.  Until elimination of the IRS can be accomplished, I support medical savings accounts and making medical expense tax deductible.
  • Israel – I support continued U.S. funding for Israel.  I do not believe in a two state solution.  I support the Biblical boundaries for Israel and their right to defend their nation against attack.
  • Marriage – I support a federal marriage amendment to establish marriage as between one man and one woman.
  • Defending Life – I support a federal personhood amendment to ensure constitutional rights for the unborn. I believe the primary sworn duty in office is to fulfill the stated purpose of our Constitution, which is “to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
  • Legalization of Drugs – I do not support legalization of marijuana or narcotics at the state level.  Drugs useful for medical treatment should follow FDA guidelines.
  • Taxes – I support a fair tax (consumption based tax) and elimination of the IRS.  I also support immediate reduction in the current marginal tax rates for corporations and individuals.
  • Illegal Immigration – I am opposed to sanctuary cities and amnesty programs.  We should immediately send illegal immigrants back to their country and prosecute companies that knowingly use illegal workers.

Know your rights, Kentucky.


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  1. Now that’s what I call a proverbial run for the roses. Well Done Red!

  2. Thank you! I’m glad you agree, Crimefyter…

  3. You got that right Crimefyter! This is a great presentation of what Bill Johnson stands for.

  4. Nice video. You need to use Bill’s words somehow. With his openness, I’ll bet he will help. Feel free to use the baker’s dozen on my site. Your site is great for this.

  5. What a great way to highlight Bill and make him shine brightly in my “old Kentucky home”..awesome job!!

  6. While his opponants, Paul and Grayson, thought it’s locking out Bill by buying up all the prime commercial spots he can be extremely effective on the Net. They strike out at each other, commercial after commercial. Bill stays on a positive message.
    That should tell the Undecided Voter a great deal.

  7. Bill Johnson’s staunch support of The Patrot Act is in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment! This is fraud.

    • Cooler, I appreciate your opinion, however I take issue with what you say. The Fourth Amendment says, very simply:

      “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.”

      The keyword is UNREASONABLE. To me, and according to the way I read the Patriot Act, it is not UNREASONABLE and does not offend the Fourth Amendment rights, to search your house, your car, your person or anything else if there is reasonable expectation by the authorities that you are suspected of aiding and abetting an enemy of the United States. This “enemy” is a threat to the personal safety and well-being of ALL Americans. If you are helping him, you represent the same threat.

      I used an analogy once somewhere else that there are choices to be made. I can either take my shoes off at an airport security checkpoint or I can have those shoes blown off my body by a terrorist who blows up the airplane I am flying on. Which one violates my individual rights more?

      • oops, guess I need to edit.


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