WILL ORDINARY AMERICANS FIGHT FOR THE BILL OF RIGHTS?
By Attorney Rees Lloyd
December 30, 2010
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights began in the First Amendment with five of the most important words ever writ to protect personal liberty and to expressly limit the power and scope of government: “Congress shall make no law….”
Those five words of the First Amendment are but the first of the commands of the Bill of Rights to evidence that each amendment was intended by the Founding Fathers to expressly limit the central government’s powers, and to expressly protect the rights of individual citizens, and the States.
The question facing Americans of this generation is whether we will fight an expanding federal government, including the federal judiciary as well as Congress and the Executive Branch, to preserve and protect the rights of the Bill of Rights which are being eroded.
The First Amendment, after commanding that “Congress shall make no law,” expressly prohibit the federal government from adopting laws infringing on freedom of religion — through a prohibition against establishment of a national religion as had happened in England and European nations, and through an express guarantee of “free exercise” of religion; freedom of speech; freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble and to petition for redress of grievances.