Today is the 221st Anniversary of the ratification by the Commonwealth of Virginia of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, making it the Law of The Land! Of course, this document doesn’t grant rights, it simply enumerates some important rights lest the federal government forget they exist.
Two such enumerations come to mind today – Amendment I, reminding the government we inherently possess the rights to peaceably assemble; to petition the government to redress grievances; to prohibit the government from establishing religion; and prohibiting government interference with free speech and the press. Without which I might be restrained from writing this blog.
And, Amendment II, reminding the government the people inherently possess the right to keep and bear arms, without infringement. The lynch pin. A measure without whom the other nine amendments would be left to the whims of said government.
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson