America is about liberty, or it simply is about nothing. The founders fought a revolution because Britain was infringing their rights, and they kept working at their form of government until they had made one capable of preserving them. In the founders’ minds, government existed to secure “inalienable rights” and the “blessings of liberty.”
Although many of these people were in fact lawyers they did not try to quantify every single word and define what rights were good or bad. The founder’s did not just leave it at that – for they met, discussed, and debated – for they spelled out which rights and what blessings.
The Declaration very serenely and swiftly mentions “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Furthermore, mention should be made about various specific rights, such as habeas corpus and trial by jury, are squirreled away in the Constitution.
But the country wanted an even longer list, so the first session of Congress – after the Constitution had been ratified produced a bill of rights, which became the first ten amendments. All together those first ten amendments were and still remain brilliantly crafted.
The Bill of Rights enumerates freedoms not explicitly indicated in the main body of the Constitution, such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, and free assembly; the right to keep and bear arms; freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, security in personal effects, and freedom from warrants issued without probable cause; indictment by a grand jury for any capital or “infamous crime”; guarantee of a speedy, public trial with an impartial jury; and prohibition of double jeopardy.
In addition, the Bill of Rights reserves for the people any rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and reserves all powers not specifically granted to the federal government to the people or the States. The Bill was influenced by George Mason’s 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights 1689, and earlier English political documents such as Magna Carta (1215).
Within the last decade more has happened to our rights as citizen Americans than anyone could or would ever consider. The Bill of Rights were originally introduced by Mr. George Mason supported by Thomas Jefferson [in Paris at the time], James Madison, John Adams as well as George Washington. Moreover, these rights were to ensure a small and limited government and unbeknownst to many people originally the Bill of Rights applied to the government only so as not to disrupt the rights of citizens.
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions…” James Madison, National Gazette Essay, March 27, 1792
In addition there was always the Anti-Federalist’s very much a political action committee that had as many founders on its side as the Federalists did maybe more. The Anti-Federalists main concern was that individual freedom’s would be lost – and the analogy is still the same – lose them and you will never see them again. Moreover, these individuals had the same, if not more power than their counterparts on the Constitution side. It indeed was a horrific battle so much in fact that it did take some time and re-writing of the basic Constitution before it became ratified.
Just a critical thinker’s question – does it even resemble or what has happened to the Central Government of the USA? According to Mr. Rush Limbaugh an individual who commands respect insofar as he is what he is and proud to be behind the talk radio microphone. The following is a quote from Mr. Limbaugh that answers a lot of my discouraged American to the point of apathy.
“Make no mistake: This sort of stress on Americans is not only intentional on the part of Team Obama – it is strategic. Remember, these people are revolutionaries (that is, engaged in “bringing about a major or fundamental change,” as Merriam-Webster puts it) and utterly committed to replacing one societal structure – America’s constitutional, limited-government, free-enterprise system – with another – a socialist, wealth-redistributionist system run by an all-powerful government.”
With respect to our current administration what we can ALL identify with is a president who could care less about the rule of law or even parliamentary procedure. The founders were far to astute for Barack Obama as well as the majority leaders of Congress. It is quite easy to see and watch this “feeble executive” (Alexander Hamilton) completely disrespect the separation of powers, ignore checks and balances, let alone try and tell the truth about anything. What we have is in fact the greatest — “if it is not my way…then hit the highway…” — and sorely lacking the loyalty of the very people who put him into office. This person who is supposed to be leading by example is all but single-handedly with executive order at the ready in his hand about to destroy this nation.