In this election season, I’d like to give a big shout out to our Bill of Rights.
I can say what I want, believe what I want, go where I want (unless restricted by due process), and be free to make all kinds of decisions, be they good or bad.
I can own my own gun, and if the police take too long to get somewhere to protect me, the law gives me permission to do what I must to keep myself and my loved ones safe. In other words, I am free to be safe from harm, threat, or intimidation. (I’m also permitted to protect myself from a tryannical government if elections don’t work.)
I don’t have to let a soldier stay in my house if I don’t want to.
I’m protected from unreasonable search and seizure by the government – which also protects my first amendment rights, and if I understand it correctly, affirms my second amendment right to protect myself from invasion or threat.
There are several amendments that assure a person of a fair trial. Now, I can say here that I am suspicious of how well these are applied (look at OJ Simpson, for Pete’s sake) — but I can say that because of Amendment Number One.
The last one is lovely – is preserves States’ rights. I think DC has forgotten about that one.
So, let’s hear it for the Bill of Rights. I get to be free and I get to protect myself. The Constitution promises it.
- Some Constitutional Amendments Are More Equal Than Others (theatlantic.com)