" The friendship between the United States and Ethiopia is one of long standing. Our association in the past many decades, I hope, has been fruitful for both our peoples. Because the United States and Ethiopia believe in the same fundamental and essential goals, it is necessary that we should put our efforts together so that we may make maximum contnbution for the safety, happiness and prosperity of the generations to come. "
Holy I Selassie I Jah Rastafari
"Because the United States and Ethiopia believe in the same fundamental and essential goals "
What is there to not overstand?
BILL OF RIGHTS
Sec. 1. WE DECLARE, That all men are created equal; that they are
endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness; that all power is inherent in the People; and
that all free governments are, and of right ought to be,
founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace,
safety, and well being. For the advancement of these ends,
the People have, at all times, an indefeasible right to
alter and reform their government.
Sec. 2. All men shall be secured in their natural right to worship
Almighty God, according to the dictates of their own con-
Sec. 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exer-
cise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with
the rights of conscience.
Sec. 4. No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, reli-
gious society, or mode of worship; and no man shall be com-
pelled to attend, erect, or support, any place of worship,
or to maintain any ministry, against his consent.
Sec. 5. No religious test shall be required as a qualification for
any office of trust or profit.
Sec. 6. No money shall be drawn from the public treasury, for the
benefit of any religious or theological institution.
Sec. 7. No person shall be rendered incompetent as a witness, in
consequence of his opinions on matters of religion.
Sec. 8. The mode of administering an oath or affirmation, shall be
such as may be most consistent with, and binding upon, the
conscience of the person, to whom such oath or affirmation
may be administered.
Sec. 9. No law shall be passed, restraining the free interchange of
thought and opinion, or restricting the right to speak,
write, or print, freely, on any subject whatever: but for
the abuse of that right, every person shall be responsible.
Sec. 10. In all prosecutions for libel, the truth of the matters
alleged to be libelous may be given in justification.
Sec. 11. The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search, or
seizure, shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue,
but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation,
and particularly describing the place to be searched, and
the person or thing to be seized.
Sec. 12. All courts shall be open; and every man, for injury done to
him in his person, property, or reputation, shall have
remedy by due course of law. Justice shall be administered
freely, and without purchase; completely, and without
denial; speedily, and without delay.
Sec. 13. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have the
right to a public trial, by an impartial jury, in the county
in which the offense shall have been committed; to be heard
by himself and counsel; to demand the nature and cause of
the accusation against him, and to have a copy thereof; to
meet the witnesses face to face, and to have compulsory
process for obtaining witnesses in his favor.
Sec. 14. No person shall be put in jeopardy twice for the same of-
fense, No person, in any criminal prosecution, shall be com-
pelled to testify against himself.
Sec. 15. No person arrested, or confined in jail, shall be treated
with unnecessary rigor.
Sec. 16. Excessive bail shall not be required. Excessive fines shall
not be imposed. Cruel and unusual punishments shall not be
inflicted. All penalties shall be proportioned to the na-
Sec. 17. Offenses, other than murder or treason, shall be bailable by
sufficient sureties. Murder or treason shall not be bail-
able, when the proof is evident, or the presumption strong.
Sec. 18. The penal code shall be founded on the principles of reform-
ation, and not of vindictive justice.
Sec. 19. In all criminal cases whatever, the jury shall have the
right to determine the law and the facts.
Sec. 20. In all civil cases, the right of trial by jury shall remain
Sec. 21. No man's particular services shall be demanded, without just
compensation. No man's property shall be taken by law,
without just compensation; nor, except in case of the State,
without just compensation first assessed and tendered.
Sec. 22. The privilege of the debtor to enjoy the necessary comforts
of life, shall be recognized by wholesome laws, exempting a
reasonable amount of property from seizure or sale for the
payment of any debt or liability hereafter contracted; and
there shall be no imprisonment for debt, except in case of
Sec. 23. The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or
class of citizens, privileges or immunities which, upon the
same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.
Sec. 24. No ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of
contracts, shall ever be passed.
Sec. 25. No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be
made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in
Sec. 26. The operation of the laws shall never be suspended, except
by the authority of the General Assembly.
Sec. 27. The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be sus-
pended, except in case of rebellion or invasion; and then,
only if the public safety demand it.
Sec. 28. Treason against the State shall consist only in levying war
against it, and in giving aid and comfort to its enemies.
Sec. 29. No person shall be convicted of treason, except on the tes-
timony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or upon his
confession in open court.
Sec. 30. No conviction shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture
Sec. 31. No law shall restrain any of the inhabitants of the State
from assembling together in a peaceable manner, to consult
for their common good; nor from instructing their repre-
sentatives; nor from applying to the General Assembly for
redress of grievances.
Sec. 32. The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense
of themselves and the State.
Sec. 33. The military shall be kept in strict subordination to the
Many of the I dem might have noticed that i usually write America as Amerikkka, but, seen, i still know to seperate the "Dream" from the nighmare.
And if some of you here would remove your doubts about HIM from your hearts, you wouldnt have such a hard time "overstanding"