Amendment VIIn 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, Amendment VIIIn suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved,
That makes no sense … writing is not illegal! I thought you said he was distributing provocative material?”“Everything is illegal Jean. Whenever it needs to be illegal it is. As to being provocative … that’s in the eye of the beholder.”
Amendment VI 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, Amendment VII In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved,
“It is important to realize that almost no one is bothered by this system, and there is no evil conspiracy that created it, or that maintains it. Almost everyone is reasonably happy, if not ecstatic about his or her culture, and would quickly become defensive, if not offensive, should anyone complain about it, or try to alter it. The standard of living for members of the most successful of the national societies is such that few want for anything … except those things that would increase their perceived status beyond that of their neighbors.“Most everyone admires the members of the oligarchy, wish they were members too, and encourage their offspring to aspire to such positions. They have every reason to be happy … they are told this repeatedly. For those who gain the ranks of the oligarchy, they are suitably impressed with themselves, and would argue that it proves the value of the system. They enact laws and regulations, garner more sources of revenue, and regard themselves as the ones to determine all of the solutions to any problems that might arise. All this is done with the best of intentions. “Of course domestic birds in cages are happy also. They are born into their condition, and they have nothing with which to compare it.
A warning to the reader ...You may not wish for people to know you are reading thisbook. In some jurisdictions such material is banned. In someplaces there may be severe penalties should you be foundwith it in your possession. Even in places with free speechsome authorities, or some of your neighbors, may besuspicious if they read portions of this book, and find youreading it. In the near future the consequences could beworse. You may not wish to read it at all.“Government is now pervasive in every aspect of our lives.The revenue to maintain this engine continues to growgeometrically, and is an ever larger percentage of ourincome. Everything is illegal; whenever it needs to be illegalit is. Freedom remains only to do the inconsequential.There is no place to go to get away from it, and no way tochange it … or is there?” Das Alta Mira, Alaska
Amendment VI 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,
The U.S. government did not repress its citizens in the fashion of totalitarian regimes, and most people’s standard of living was well above that of the average world citizen. But what federal, state, and local governments did was to pass law after law, tax after tax, and regulation after regulation on pretty much every aspect of life. They always spent more than they took in, and raised taxes to offset the deficit. People were getting wise to this though, so they began to augment taxes already in place by way of ‘nanny’ laws; or ‘big brother’ laws.Laws passed because the state knew what was better for you than you did. Taxes to drive into town, taxes to rent a room, taxes to ride a boat were all extensions of traditional taxes, but then there were extensive taxes on smoking, liquor, fattening foods. There were taxes for driving certain kinds of cars, taxes for pleasure vehicles and boats, taxes for traveling to another town or state or country to buy things. Many of the things taxed had some negative aspect to them; being overweight led to early heart attacks, and more cost to the state for medical benefits, travel by jet depleted the ozone layer, bigger cars and utility vehicles used more gasoline, produced more carbon dioxide, and so on. The alleged theory was that if you tax the ‘bad’ things people would do them less. This is obviously silly and contradictory; since everything they could think of was ‘bad’ and was taxed. What wasn’t taxed was prohibited by ordinances: riding a bike without a helmet, smoking in a convertible, talking on a cell phone while driving or in certain locations, drinking on a public beach or in a public park, even while backpacking, and on and on. There were the health and ‘lifestyle’ ordinances; children must have a certain level of sex education, and it had to include alternate lifestyle information. Tests for STDs became mandatory, positive results on HIV tests required the taking of prescription medicines; which were quite expensive, and made huge profits for pharmaceutical companies. Ordinances were special, the courts determined, and were not subject to the right to a jury trial if they were violated; thus a city or state employee, called a ‘magistrate’ determined guilt … and maintained the ordinances. The point was control and revenue, plane and simple. Individuals or groups that did not have sufficient representation in city councils, state legislatures, or at the federal level were like dogs in a field of fleas.Contemporary societies made a U-turn on their basic value of common respect for their neighbors. It was dog-eat-dog … any tax which did not land on ‘me’ was fine if it landed on ‘you’. The state propaganda reinforced this cannibalism by flooding the media with the promise that the tax on ‘them’ would lower the taxes on ‘you’. Of course this was nonsense; taxes never went down. Government cancer had progressed to the stage of revenue at the cost of whatever rights prevented its collection.
In the United States every person accused of a felony has a constitutional right to a trial by jury, which arises from Article Three of the United States Constitution, which states in part, "The Trial of all Crimes...shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed." The right was expanded with the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states in part, "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." Both provisions were made applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. Most states' constitutions also grant the right of trial by jury in lesser criminal matters, though most have abrogated that right in offenses punishable by fine only. Also, a person accused of any crime punishable by more than six months imprisonment is also entitled to demand trial by jury; the Supreme Court has ruled that if imprisonment is for six months or less, trial by jury is not required, meaning a state may choose whether or not to permit trial by jury in such cases.
Politics is a process by which groups of people make decisions.
Take the U.S. as an example. There are one hundred Senators and four hundred thirty-five Representatives, and the number of Representatives has been locked in place by law since 1929. That means that if/when the U.S. has a billion people, there will still be only four hundred thirty-five Representatives. With one President, that’s five hundred thirty-six people (536) who rule (authoritatively) 303,824,640 people at last estimate. Of those three hundred million or so, 225,499,000 are registered voters. That means the ratio of represented to representing is 566,837 to 1, and the ratio of representatives to voters is about 421,493 to 1. Considering that the U.S. began with a ratio of 30,000 to 1, what is the value of your vote?
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