Barack Obama on the Bill of RIghts

This tweet caught my eye. “The Bill of Rights is the foundation of American liberty, securing our most fundamental rights.” —President Obama on Bill of Rights Day — Barack Obama (@BarackObama)

I found this tweet to be most interesting as the effort to eliminate the 2nd Amendment that secures the right to keep and bear arms is ongoing and the 4th Amendment whereby citizens are protected from illegal search and seizures of personal data has been eviscerated by the National Security Agency. This is especially ripe given the recent federal court decision that finds the NSA spying on all Americans to be an egregious violation of the 4th Amendment.

The plain words of the tweet and the plain words of the Bill of Rights are to be taken as shibboleth by all of us. I hope those in government, whose power is largely constrained by 10th Amendment of the Bill of RIghts, also pay attention.

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