Blaming the listener will never make the listener look dumb.
It will never make the speaker look smarter.
It will never make the meaning clearer.
It will never communicate the intended message.
So own the message. Rephrase it and try again.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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"
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.And the Tenth reminds us that it is not "the State" that owns the Government of the United States. There is no "Crown" here:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the peopleALL powers exercised by our government are delegated to it, by the people, via the Constitution. To the extent that a government exercises powers that are not enumerated in the Constitution, that government action is illegal. "The United States" as mentioned here consists of all branches, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. When a Judge legislates from the bench, it's illegal. When a President ignores laws by selectively enforcing them, that's illegal. When Congress passes laws that infringe our rights, that's illegal. It does not matter whether a branch of government does so in collusion with another branch. The Tenth Amendment is there for a reason.
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