FOOD FOR THOUGHT—WHY THE FOUNDERS HAD NOT CONSIDERED A BILL OF RIGHTS NECESSARY

From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel

 

 

WHY THE FOUNDERS HAD NOT CONSIDERED A BILL OF RIGHTS NECESSARY

Alexander Hamilton and others gave three reasons why a Bill of Rights was not necessary (Federalist Papers No. 84).

  1. The Constitution is a declaration of rights from beginning to end. Nearly 300 rights are pinpointed in the document itself, as this study has demonstrated.
  2. Under our limited form of government , with only twenty specific enumerated powers granted to the federal government, there is absolutely no authority included to regulate or invade a citizen’s freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom to assemble, or freedom to petition. Neither is there any federal authority granted to register or confiscate firearms, invade the privacy of citizens, quarter troops in the homes of the people, deprive a citizen of his common-law rights when charged with a crime, impose cruel or unusual punishment, or deprive citizens of any powers not specifically delegated to the government.
  3. In addition, as Hamilton pointed out, there was danger in making a list of individual rights because under the law any rights accidentally left off the list might be presumed to be forfeited.

In spite of all this, however, the people insisted on a Bill Of Rights. They feared, from bitter experience in the past, that the courts or government executives might somehow twist the meanings of certain words in the Constitution so as to deprive them of their rights, precisely as King George and his officers had done. This is why George Mason, a leading patriot from Virginia, declared that he would rather have his right hand chopped off than sign a Constitution without a Bill of Rights.

Just as the Founding Fathers feared, regardless of the Bill of Rights, the courts and government executives have twisted the meanings of certain words in the Constitution to satisfy their agenda. Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”

As liberals contemplate the possibility of a conservative majority on the Court that could last for a decade or more, given President’s appointment of two young conservatives, court packing is developing into a major subject of debate. Candidates competing in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries are considering the idea to varying degrees. Some have argued for adding justices to the court, while others have embraced the idea of term limits for justices. Still others have focused on ways to depoliticize what they believe has become a partisan court. (No justice on the Court is more partisan than Ruth Bader Ginsburg.) Democrat’s warning: Heal or face restructuring.

 

WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.” –Walter Williams–

 

AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL

Joe Biden’s real problem, apart from just not being very bright, is a lack of acting ability. We’ve known since at least JFK that presentation, including physical appearance, may matter more in public life than any other single attribute. Joe Biden has the physical appearance part down but lacks any sense of what to do after that. So he is gradually talking himself out of any shot at being president.

 

A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY

“We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”

Will Rogers

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