The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to our Constitution, and each amendment is part of the Constitution. Most folk are aware of the First Amendment (freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and petition), but few ever think about the other nine amendments of the Bill of Rights. Let’s look at two other amendments of the Bill of Rights, and compare how sinister politics are attacking them. As we shall see, one is attacked from the left and the other from the right.
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.
Those are the beautiful words of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted these magnificent words, and ruled that “keep” means own, and “bear” means carry. The ruling begged the question: How could such simple, elegant words have been interpreted any other way?
Well, whenever you have a well funded group with a zeal to take away your constitutional right to own and carry a gun, it doesn’t matter to them what the Constitution says. They want to take away your Second Amendment RIGHTS and FREEDOMS because it suits their politics. So they twist and deform the words of the Second Amendment to gin up an argument to promote their cause. Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court saw right through the spin of the left wing, ultra liberal, gun control lobby.
Here’s the Seventh Amendment, also part of the Bill of Rights, which gives American citizens a mechanism to settle the disputes they may have with fellow citizens:
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.
Many RINO politicians today, who claim to be conservative, are pushing tort “reform” which would actually “deform” the Seventh Amendment. Tort reform is a set of laws to be passed by congress which would limit what a jury can award in a dispute. Please reread the simple, elegant words written by our Founding Fathers above in the Seventh Amendment, and then explain how tort reform is constitutional. Indeed, explain how tort reform does not violate the Bill of Rights. That is: if congress passes tort reform laws that decide the value of your dispute before your dispute even arises, how can the jury decide the value of your dispute when it actually occurs?
Just like with the gun control lobby, there is a well funded tort reform group that very much wants to take away your Seventh Amendment RIGHTS and FREEDOMS, and that right wing group is just as sinister and devious as any on the left. The group is made up mostly of insurance companies and Goliath corporations, and their water is carried by the Chamber of Commerce. They would have you believe that free money is given away every day down at your local courthouse, and the only way to stop it is for congress to limit the power of the jury.
What tort “deform” really does is set caps on jury awards so insurance companies can know the most they will ever have to pay in any dispute. It’s a great deal for insurance companies, but at the expense of the Bill of Rights – make that, at the expense of your RIGHTS and FREEDOMS. In short, tort “reform” is a bald face lie. And it isn’t conservative, it’s crooked.
Bryan Ramey is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in the upstate of South Carolina. He graduated from The University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 27 years now. Bryan Ramey believes in representing the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.