When the founders of this nation came to the bargaining table to establish a more perfect union, they decided that a bill of rights wasn’t necessary. After all, the people were the government. Who would they be protecting themselves from?
The people knew better. Several states refused ratification until they received a promise that a bill of rights would be codified and amended to the U.S. Constitution. Yea for our side.
The Bill of Rights contains 10 amendments to the Constitution. Most people know numbers 1 and 2. Some know number 5 (if they’ve ever watched CSPAN). But do you know number 10?
“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 people.”
In the first eight amendments the founders protected our freedom:
of religion, of speech, of the right to petition the government for redress, of the right to assemble peaceably, of the press, of the right to own and carry firearms, from quartering soldiers without consent, to be secure in our papers and persons from unreasonable searches and seizures, from warrants – issued without probable cause, from being charged with a capital crime without a grand jury indictment, from double jeopardy, from being forced to testify against oneself, from loss of property to the government without just compensation, of a speedy trial that gives you the right to counsel as you confront witnesses in front of an impartial jury, from excessive bail or fines and cruel and unusual punishment.
Then they added the ninth amendment, which says: just because we didn’t write out something, doesn’t mean it isn’t protected.
And then they added the 10th which says: and if we forgot anything else – that too!
Our leaders today could use a refresher, don’t you think?
Thank you founding fathers.picture courtesy of The Patriot Post. Com http://www.patriotpost.us/subscribe/