This is the seventh essay of the “Breakdown” series. We’ll explore the individual rights in the Bill of Rights. And where they stand today. Comments appreciated, now let’s begin.
“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.”
This is an easy one, dealing with lawsuits, though with inflation, I’m not sure twenty dollars applies in the same context. The trial by jury has its roots embedded in Britain’s history, when judges served at the whim of the King, and usually ruled in his favor. The Founders put the Seventh Amendment in affect to safeguard against corrupt judges. Wise men our Founders, to bad men of that caliber are rare in our government now.
Remember that just societies have a check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by cops. Laws are just words on paper; you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!
Another essay to follow on the Eighth Amendment.