For Today’s Spelling Bee: Spell “Infringe”, Mr. President

December 8, 2015 AD

Today’s word, Mr. President, is the verb to infringe.

DEFINITION

WordReference Random House Learner’s Dictionary of American English © 2015

in•fringe /ɪnˈfrɪndʒ/USA pronunciation   v., -fringed, -fring•ing. 

  1. Law to break a rule or regulation;
    violate[~ + object]By copying my programs and selling them they were infringing my copyright.
  2. Law to interfere with[~ + on/upon + object]to infringe on someone’s privacy.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers
infringe /ɪnˈfrɪndʒ/ vb

  1. (transitive) to violate or break (a law, an agreement, etc)
  2. (intr; followed by on or upon) to encroach or trespass

APPLICATION

Amendment II to the U.S. Constitution
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 constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves in all cases to which they think themselves competent, or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.” –   Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Cartwright, 1824)

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? - Thomas Jefferson
Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? – Thomas Jefferson

SUMMARY

Well, Barack, you can sit down, because you don’t know this word.

Enumerated powers in our U.S. Constitution say what federal government is allowed to do. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, say what the federal government can never do.

The Bill of Rights is inviolable. This seldom used adjective means “prohibiting violation;
secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration”.

I write to remind our lawmakers as much as to rebuke our president.

ACTION

Contact your congressional representatives. Remind them the Bill of Rights is inviolable, not to be destroyed, infringed or desecrated.

Representative John Ratcliffehttps://ratcliffe.house.gov/contact/email

Senator Ted Cruzhttp://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=email_senator

Senator John Cornynhttp://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

Thank you for participating in self-government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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