If they can tell you there’s certain things you’re not allowed to say, you don’t have free speech.
If they can tell you there’s only certain places you can protest, only at certain times, and only by special license, you don’t have the freedom to assemble.
If they can tell a journalist they can only cover an event from within a designated area or risk arrest, you don’t have a free press.
If they can tell you there’s certain guns you can only own with a government license, you can only carry in certain places at certain times with a special license, you don’t have the right to bear arms.
If your police use military weapons and military tactics, then you have soldiers quartered among you.
If you can be stopped and frisked because you ‘look suspicious’ or you happen to be near a border zone, if your home can be searched by police and soldiers because the city is under martial law and there’s a supposed terrorist on the loose, you have no right against unreasonable search and seizure.
If you can be tried by military tribunal if you’re designated a terrorist combatant, or be assassinated by drone strike, or be interred and have your property confiscated because of the color of your skin and your ethnic ancestry, you have no right to a fair trial.
If you can be indefinitely detained by the simple expedient of a Patriot Act waver, you don’t have the right to a fair trial or a trial by jury.
If you can be tear gassed, pepper-sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, blasted with LRADs, tased, or outright gunned down in the street for nonviolent offenses and peaceful protest, you have no right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment.
If your government bars you from nonviolent behavior not expressly mentioned in the Constitution, the rule of construction does not apply.
If your State government permits you rights to nonviolent behavior but your federal government prosecutes you for it anyway, your state has no rights.
That’s your Bill of Rights. It’s gone. It’s completely eviscerated and you sit there and tell me we live in a free country? You don’t. You say the Constitution protects you? It doesn’t.
It never did.