United States Bill of Rights
~ Aaron Burr on The Bill of Rights
~ Alexander Hamilton on Aaron Burr on the The Bill of Rights
~ Bill O'Reilly, a.k.a. El Douchebag on The Bill of Rights
The United States Bill of Rights is the specific name given to the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These ten amendments specifically limit the powers of the U.S. Federal government, by granting certain rights to protect the people. The nine specific rights it grants are: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to freely assemble LEGO blocks, freedom of religious worship, and the right to bear arms, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishment, guaranteeing due process of law and a speedy public trial with an impartial Jury System, the right not to be hanged twice for the same offense, and avoiding self-incrimination by pleading the ever-so eloquently stated "Fifth Amendment".
The final article of the Bill of Rights granted "any rights not given to the Federal or State-level governments" to the "people". These ten amendments came in to effect on the 15th of December in the year 1791, after being ratified by three-fourths of the States (do you round up or down?). The Bill was only slightly, but also greatly influenced by George Mason University's 1776 Virginia Declaration of Human Racial Abilities, as well as many long, boorish works written during the Age of Enlightenment, and a few earlier English political documents such as the Magna Carta (which historians, to this day, agree was a mistake).
The Bill of Rights was written as a witty retort to the those uppity assholes that took a stand against the Constitution. This group included a few prominent founding fathers (as well as 3/5s of their slaves), all of whom dressed in funny wigs, drank tea, and argued that the original Constitution failed to protect the basic principles of human life, liberty, and, on a less popular note, the pursuit of personal happiness (except when one works a 9-5 job for a faceless corporation).
- 1 Opponents of The Bill of Rights
- 2 Friends of the Bill of Rights
- 3 Ratification and the Massachusetts Compromise
- 4 First drafts
- 5 The Lost 11th "Horse's Ass" Transportation Amendment
- 6 Additional Attempted Amendments, Adulations, Abortions, Aberrations, Adulterations, Amputations and Auntie Em
- 7 Footnotes
- 8 See also
Opponents of The Bill of Rights
Madison always ran out of steam at the end of his sentences. Sometimes he even forgot punctuation. And he was also a pervert for hairless arms, some colonialist fetish that has thankfully not lived on into our present time. Because he was a self-hating Jew, he wrote the Bill of Rights as a way to protest its existence. He also didn't like French people although he smelled like one.
Alexander Hamilton, a man known for his love of golfing, tea parties, Republicanism, impregnating slaves, writing legislation, pink lacy panties, pistol duels, circumcision, and corned beef, was the most famous and vocal opponent to the Bill of Rights. Hamilton left that the Bill of Rights was unnecessary, citing (about the Constitution) "Here, in obvious strictness, the people surrender nothing, well, almost nothing, well, some things, but not enough to make a difference. But anyway, I feel, deep in the shallowest parts of my heart that the people retain every thing, and therefore, they have no need of particular reservations." Hamilton continued, "Besides, it's a steaming pile of shit."
~ Cheech & Chong on Marijuana
Friends of the Bill of Rights
While many people were "friends" of the Bill of Rights, very few of these "friends" actually stood by The Bill in its moment of need. And it wept like statues of the Virgin Mary.
George Washington attended some of the ratification ceremonies if only to try to collect on gambling debts. He made one of his most famous speeches at one of these ceremonies when he said, "Look, just sign the thing already so we can get this party started! Yeah, that's what I'm talking about, bitches. Tonight, it's on! Drinks are on me! You, the Proud Men of America shall not sleep soberly in your bunks until I am President of this Union!" after which he made a loud peal that rang across the hearts and minds of so many Early Americans when he forcibly, yelled with a voice as steadfast as the Ozark Mountains, through teeth as heroic as the Great Redwood Forrest "We Gonna Party like it is the Year of our Lord, 1999! YEEEE HAAAAAAW." After this rousing argument, Rhode Island became a signatory in a hurried effort to get their freak on at the pub.
The most notable of friends that the Bill of Rights had that considered themselves friends of The Bill and The Bill also considered a friend (therefore: mutual friends), was one Patrick Henry, a man that wrote the "Anti-Anti-Anti-Federalist Papers." The "Anti-Anti-Anti-Federalist Papers" were written in response to Alexander Hamilton's pathetic attempt at a pro-Federalist essay, which was published in Federalist #84.
Other friends included Thomas Jefferson, a man known best for impregnating his slaves; Brutus, author of the Anti-Federalist #84, known best for stabbing his BFF, Julius Caesar, in open Senate chambers; and Mr. Robert Yates, a guy who may have done something important, but apparently was too much of a pansy-boy to use his real name when authoring documents.
Ratification and the Massachusetts Compromise
George Walker Bush's 1788 letter to Colonel Mustard observed, "the Convention of Massachusetts was boring, but it decided to embrace the Constitution completely, as it found it to be a bit long, but interesting; however, they recommended a number of minor alterations, many of which your local tailor could do." Individualism was the strongest element of opposition; the desirability of a bill of rights was almost universally felt, and the Anti-Federalists were able to play on these feelings in the ratification convention in Massachusetts. By this stage, five of the states had ratified the Constitution with relative ease; however, the Massachusetts convention was bitter and contentious :
"In Salem, Massachusetts, the Constitution ran into serious, organized opposition by a small group of assholes. Only after two insipred, young Anti-Federalists, Douglas Adams and John Handcock, negotiated a small compromise did the convention vote for ratification. Anti-Federalists had demanded that the Constitution be amended before they would consider it or that amendments be a condition of ratification; Federalists had retorted that it had to be accepted exactly as it was, under penalty of law. The Massachusetts compromise determined the fate of the Constitution, as it permitted delegates with doubts to vote for it in the hope that it would be amended."
Four of the next five states to ratify, including New Hampshire, Stankonia, and New York, included almost-identical language in their ratification instruments. The Anti-Federalists, while quite-unsuccessful in their quest to prevent the adoption of the Constitution, came to realize that their efforts were not-completely, but only-somewhat in vain.
- The first draught before any of the writing of the Constitution could commence was in the morning. It was usually a dark laager or a stout, but some of the more girly men drank wimpy pilsner brews for breakfast. It was only after their "Morning Constitution" that real work could begin.
- The original First Amendment to the United States Constitution was worded as "-2 Elven racial modifier", and was widely regarded as a good first-step towards an overall amending of the Constitution. Like many legal thoughts of the day, this idea was based off of a pamphlet. In this case, the particular pamphlet was the ever-so-popular "Dungeon Master's Guide".
- The original draft of the second Amendment contained a provision that allowed all citizens to own one artillery-type weapon (cannon, Howitzer, ballista, catapult)
- The third amendment originally stated "No soldier shall, in time of peace be drawn and quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law." This was later changed to simply "quartered", as the the practice of drawing-and-quartering had gone out of style in the early 1300s.
- The Bill of Rights was almost ratified with Article VI reading: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impaired jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed." It was later pointed-out that well-known Constitutional prankster George Washington had changed "impartial" to "impaired". Later would see the rise of an "impaired" Jury System de facto, if not de jure.
- The original draft would not have been ratified by Rhode Island had the article entitled "Lets just give Rhode Island to Canada" been kept.
- The Eighth Amendment gave the implied right of prison rape.
The Lost 11th "Horse's Ass" Transportation Amendment
- The fabled "Preschool Transportation Security Administration Screw You and Stop It." Amendment. Like so much of the flowery smelling writing and prose of early American writers like Edgar Allen Poe or Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, author of the Constitution, had a flair for being concise but cryptic. He also suffered from a poor constitution and when he sneezed many thought he was actually saying, "Ratify It!" This is because he was a surly drunk. It is claimed that this is the reason why he misplaced the long-lost 11th amendment to the US Bill of rights. James Madison started writing the 11th Article when sober but kept drafting as he imbibed his ale and then hastily stuffed it in his pocket. The next day as he was sobering up with some of the wine at the Continental Christianity Cohorts Community Charity House of Worship, he pulled the 11th Article out, reread it, decided it sounded an acceptable right to impose upon The People and decided to share it with the Continental Congress before he accidentally left it in a hymnal book, "somewhere in that big, damn, cold church in bloody Philadelphia," as he is oft quoted as proclaiming. He would often boast that he was too lazy to go looking through all the hymnals to find it again because he could just concoct Inalienable Rights faster than he could clean spilled fermented malt beverages off a barmaid's breasts. So thanks to his hubris, we are just left the incomplete 'Proto-Constitution', as Madison later referred to it, with the 10 Amendments we now know. Today, from various diaries and old magnetic tape recordings, as well as from black and white photographs, we have a surpassingly clear understanding of just exactly how this fabled 11th Amendment read. Also, a janitor lady found the original parchment and used it as toilet paper before realizing it's importance. She said, "I was glad to have found something to read on the crapper! I get lonely." The historical parchment document - one can find it in the Smithsonian but can't touch it - which was shat upon and was written the long lost 11th Amendment:
"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. This shall stand unless a citizen under questionable employ of the United States by the Constitution anonymously requests of The People attempting to redress their grievances to colloquially quoth "Screw you and stop it for I am a lofty bureaucrat." Upon such a declaration The Right of The People to be secure in their protection from unreasonable search and seizure will be rendered a horse's ass."
- It is for this reason that scholars consider the 11th Amendment to have been mostly concerned with transportation, trade and the then-fledgeling mafia-style industry of terrorism safety protection. Many scholars (who?) believe that if this Article had proceeded to ratification the United States would not have had a need to enter into civil war. Other scholars scratch themselves and use Uncyclopedia as a research source.
Additional Attempted Amendments, Adulations, Abortions, Aberrations, Adulterations, Amputations and Auntie Em
- An Unused Sixteenth Amendment would have required ducks to wear pants.
- One need only click the "Add to Friends" link to become a "friend" of the Bill of Rights.
- Volume 7, Issue #12, May 1788
- THE event that set the precendent for the Lott-Thurmond stabbing of 2001.
- Much like the desirability of hot, anal action.
- Much like the local witch trials of the era.
- Cousin of Sam and John, known for their work on the Constitution.
- February 6, 1788 (187-168)
- Because it makes sense to call something an "amendation" when the document has yet to be official.
- Law which really had yet to exist.
- Leading many historians to believe that someone copied off of someone else's paper.