4th Amendment, Too! Why it Matters

Written by S.C. Sherman on May 24, 2014

The 4th Amendment to the Constitution–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.
Well here we go, let’s get it on. A little constitutional love to my ancestor, Ol’ Roger Sherman proudly signed it into law and I’m pretty attached to it. Our constitution is sort of a one-of-a-kind, worth dying for kind of thing. I love talking about it.

When I’m a guest on a radio show I’m usually introduced as a Second Amendment Activist. I’m good with that. I love my guns. I love those sweet 27 words that give Americans the right to go sleeveless and return fire. The power to level the playing field is unique to our blessed country. God created man and Sam Colt made them equal. Our poetic Second Amendment allows a 95 lb. chick to drop a 225 lb. jack-wagon like a ton of bricks with a couple taps to center mass, rather than fulfill his dreams of evil. I love that and I write about it often.

But what the heck is the 4th? We hardly ever hear about it. Well, it’s a pretty big deal.

It’s not as sexy as the 2nd or as revered as the 1st, but it packs a punch. Nobody ever get’s introduced as a 4th Amendment Activist. Our Founding Fathers were pretty freaking brilliant. I’m fairly well educated, but I like things in layman’s terms. I was a blue-collar-tile-setter much of my life, so college degree or not, I like things simple. The 4th says the powers that be can’t search your stuff, your house, car, papers, backpack, or shed out back or you-name-it, without probable cause and a warrant. Without that they can’t search you or your stuff. It requires all cops and whoever has three letters on their shoulder to get a judge to sign off on any search or seizure. This must be based solely upon evidence of your suspected wrong doing and detail the places and things to be searched or seized. With the 4th, Americans used to be able to tell the uniforms where to go.

Basically, nobody can look through your stuff or enter your house without some evidence and within specific parameters. End of story, your rights shall not be violated. Well of course this amendment gets ignored pretty regularly now. The Founders knew this was bound to happen as power corrupts. They lived it. They’d lived through searches that were predicated on the whim of a tyrant. The 4th was designed to outlaw this crap.

The slippery slope America is body sliding down right now is riddled with infringements. Check this example. Recently posted by a contributor at my friend Steve Deace’s site. http://stevedeace.com/news/fed-court-says-4th-amendment-doesnt-cover-gun-owners/
A young lady surfing through a rough patch tells her shrink, “Hey, I might just end it all. I’ve had enough with this cruel world.” I happen to know this is not an uncommon thing for a shrink to hear. Really, it happens all the time and yes, it should be taken seriously…but many times it’s part of the healing process. However, this bastard of a headshrinker took it upon herself to report it to the cops. BOOM! With the quick response time of NINE hours later the cops showed up at the young lady’s house to save her from herself. Good thing they were in a hurry to save her. Who knows what she could have done in the nine hours since they were called.

The young woman told them she was fine and they were not welcome to come in. They lacked a warrant, but decided to force entry anyway, cuff her, and stuff her. A nice free ride to the psych ward interrupted her domestic peace. The duty bound officers searched her house and confiscated her legal weapons. A clear violation of the 4th Amendment exists here.

Does anyone who tells their shrink they want to die forfeit their rights? Is that where we are? Apparently yes. I guess I didn’t see that in the fine print of the founding papers. If you are depressed and confidentially tell your shrink something you need to tell them to get well…your rights are gone.

What’s the message? Don’t tell your shrink or anyone what you’re really thinking. The age of secrets is upon us. The government cannot be trusted, and also your shrink can’t either. Underground we go. The Amendments are no longer respected. Goodbye 4th Amendment, it was nice knowing you. The rest will be right behind you. When the come for the 2nd, it might be the messiest, but they are coming for all of our rights.

I’m not an extremist; really I’m not—well, okay a little, but I wouldn’t have been one in the 1700’s. I’m a harbinger. I’m crying out in the wilderness a warning. In the name of our own safety we will watch the government destroy everything that made America special. The writing is on the wall. Buy ammo, lock and load, keep your head down, don’t make eye contact. We’re in for a helluva ride.

Author, S.C. Sherman’s latest novel titled Mercy Shot is available for purchase at www.scsherman.com and Kindle version is available on Amazon.com. Contact Steve via email steve@scsherman.com. Also, go LIKE www.facebook.com/mercyshot to stay up to date on all things Mercy Shot.

Doug ‘The Big Dawg’ Giles reviews Mercy Shot: “Mercy Shot is a riveting, modern tale of the twisted and insidious war that’s being waged against our Second Amendment rights. S.C. Sherman does a great job of forecasting in this timely tome of how things could possibly go down. My advice is to a.) Read this book and b.) Buy a stack of guns and ammo, pretty damn quick. Molon Labe.”–Doug Giles, CEO of ClashDaily.com

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S.C. Sherman
S.C. Sherman grew up a farm kid in rural Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communications Studies. Steve is a business owner, and recently ran for Iowa State House of Representatives.. S.C. enjoys political commentary and great stories. He has written three fiction novels found at scsherman.com. He currently lives with his wife and four children in North Liberty, Iowa.