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The Welfare of the People Shall Be the Supreme Law

Missouri Quick Facts
Capital: Jefferson City
Area: 69,686 square miles
Ranks 19th in size.
Nickname: Show-Me State
State Slogan: Where the Rivers Run
Admission Date: 1821
State Flower: Hawthorn
State Bird: Bluebird
Did you know?
  • The official mineral of Missouri is galena.
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition began near St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Mark Twain's boyhood home is in Hannibal, Missouri.
  • The Pony Express eastern-most stop was in St. Joseph, Missouri.
  • The Oregon and Santa Fe Trails both begin in Independence, Missouri.
  • The Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall.
  • In 1912, Captain Albert Berry made the first successful parachute jump from an airplane in Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • Missouri is bordered by eight states.
  • Famous people born in Missouri include Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Twain, President Harry S. Truman, George Washington Carver, and Jesse James.

In 1821, Missouri became the 24th State to be admitted into the United States of America. Below are excerpts of the Missouri Constitution followed by what has and is happening in Missouri.

The Constitution of Missouri
We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, do establish this Constitution for the better government of the state.

Article I, Bill of Rights
In order to assert our rights, acknowledge our duties, and proclaim the principles on which our government is founded, we declare:

That all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry; that all persons are created equal and are entitled to equal rights and opportunity under the law; that to give security to these things is the principal office of government, and that when government does not confer this security, it fails in its chief design.
Article 1, Section 2

That all men and women have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his or her religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his or her person or estate; that to secure a citizen’s right to acknowledge Almighty God according to the dictates of his or her own conscience, neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions shall establish any official religion, nor shall a citizen’s right to pray or express his or her religious beliefs be infringed; that the state shall not coerce any person to participate in any prayer or other religious activity, but shall ensure that any person shall have the right to pray individually or corporately in a private or public setting so long as such prayer does not result in disturbance of the peace or disruption of a public meeting or assembly; that citizens as well as elected officials and employees of the state of Missouri and its political subdivisions shall have the right to pray on government premises and public property so long as such prayers abide within the same parameters placed upon any other free speech under similar circumstances; that the General Assembly and the governing bodies of political subdivisions may extend to ministers, clergypersons and other individuals the privilege to offer invocations or other prayers at meetings or sessions of the General Assembly or governing bodies; that students may express their beliefs about religion in written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their work; that no student shall be compelled to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate his or her religious beliefs; that the state shall ensure public school students their right to free exercise of religious expression without interference, as long as such prayer or other expression is private and voluntary, whether individually or corporately, and in a manner that is not disruptive and as long as such prayers or expressions abide within the same parameters placed upon any other free speech under similar circumstances; and, to emphasize the right to free exercise of religious expression, that all free public schools receiving state appropriations shall display, in a conspicuous and legible manner, the text of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States; but this section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States, excuse acts of licentiousness, nor to justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state, or with the rights of others.
Article 1, Section 5

That no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion, or in aid of any priest, preacher, minister or teacher thereof, as such; and that no preference shall be given to nor any discrimination made against any church, sect or creed of religion, or any form of religious faith or worship.
Article 1, Section 7

That no person can be compelled to erect, support or attend any place or system of worship, or to maintain or support any priest, minister, preacher or teacher of any sect, church, creed or denomination of religion; but if any person shall voluntarily make a contract for any such object, he shall be held to the performance of the same.
Article 1, Section 6

That no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.
Article 1, Section 10

That the courts of justice shall be open to every person, and certain remedy afforded for every injury to person, property or character, and that right and justice shall be administered without sale, denial or delay.
Article 1, Section 14

That the right of trial by jury as heretofore enjoyed shall remain inviolate; provided that a jury for the trial of criminal and civil cases in courts not of record may consist of less than twelve citizens as may be prescribed by law, and a two-thirds majority of such number concurring may render a verdict in all civil cases; that in all civil cases in courts of record, three-fourths of the members of the jury concurring may render a verdict; and that in every criminal case any defendant may, with the assent of the court, waive a jury trial and submit the trial of such case to the court, whose finding shall have the force and effect of a verdict of a jury.
Article 1, Section 22(a)

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It is happening in Missouri

Springfield's No One Leaves Coalition helps residents prevent foreclosure
After two minutes of call-and-response chanting, an auctioneer hired by PHH Mortgage Corp. walked over to Ramos, and told her the auction was postponed until Jan. 25....
The No One Leaves Coalition was formed recently, and is working with the Springfield Bank Tenant Association to help prevent foreclosures....
.“No Modifications? - We’ll Be Back!,” they called out several times, before switching to “No Justice - No Peace! No Justice - No Peace!”....
Millions have been victimized during the Great Mortgage Holocaust. Some fought back. This is the story of a family that fought back and kept PHH Mortgage from evicting them two days before Christmas. No one leaves was their chant. No one leaves needs to be America's chant. No justice. No peace.

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Article by Jack Flynn, December 28, 2010


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