December 15th was the 229th anniversary of the ratification of our Bill of Rights. These first ten amendments to the Constitution did not “create” rights, but rather clarified the constitution to protect them. Outlining these inalienable, pre-existing rights and liberties and setting up a system to prohibit our Government from infringing on them is the foundation of this country, and the beacon that continues to inspire and attract.
- The rights of freedom of speech and religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to dissent;
- The right to keep and bear arms.
- Protection from quartering of troops
- The expectation of privacy, and protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
- Due process of law and freedom from arbitrary imprisonment via habeas corpus
- A speedy and public trial by an impartial jury;
- The right to a civil trial by jury
- Protection from cruel and unusual punishment.
- Liberty from unwarranted government intrusion and protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
- Powers of States and people