Happy Birthday Bill of Rights!
That’s right, as Sharon Harris of the Liberator Online reminds us; the Bill of Rights Birthday is December 15. The great creed was born 222 years ago Sunday, in 1791. The Founders created the Bill of Rights to augment the Constitution and define our basic American liberties, but it has become more than that. It is the leading manifest for freedom around the world. It has inspired freedom fighters struggle to ensure basic rights of every human on earth since our Revolution.
Thomas Jefferson made this clear in a letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787: “A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”
A sad commentary on the Bills status today comes from the mainstream media who reminds us that December 15 is known as ‘Cupcake Day’.
As Ms. Harris stresses, we should be holding this document up for adoration, celebrating its birthday the way we do the Fourth of July. There should be parades, speeches, songs, but we don’t hear about as it is hardly even taught in the schools anymore.
Here’s a condensed and slightly edited version by Ms. Harris. It doesn’t give us the majesty of the full document, but you get the idea and can express its principals easily in conversation or letters.
THE BILL OF RIGHTS: First Ten Amendments to the Constitution
1. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to assemble peaceably, right to petition the government about grievances.
2. Right to keep and bear arms.
3. Citizens do not have to quarter soldiers during peacetime.
4. No unreasonable searches and seizures.
5. Rights of the accused.
6. Right to a fair trial.
7. Right to a trial by jury in civil cases also.
8. No cruel and unusual punishments.
9. Unenumerated rights go to the people.
10. Reserves all powers not given to the national government to the states or the people.
The Bill of Rights is the great protector of our liberties. Through their correspondence, we’ve learned that the Founders intended the Republic’s Federal Government to be small and the Bill of Rights was the ‘we the people’s’ protection from the tyranny of bad government. By the way the Federal Government has grown and operates today, you wouldn’t know that.
There is another major freedom development growing today that will transform us back to those early principles: The Convention of States Project. Educate yourself and learn how to protect your rights and the liberties granted to you by the Founders and those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice. It is our duty to be informed of our individual rights. Celebrate and honor the Bill of Rights.
“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” Ronald Reagan