500 Words or Less: The Basics of the Bill of Rights

Many people realize that the Bill of Rights are the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. What many do not realize about the Bill of Rights is that it was added after the Constitution was ratified. Over three years later. This little tidbit of knowledge is critical to understanding the relevance and importance of these amendments.

During the Constitutional Convention, the topic of a Bill of Rights was brought up. Some wanted a Bill of Rights and some opposed the proposition. Some argued that a Bill of Rights appeared in every state constitution and was needed for the federal Constitution. Those that opposed this idea cited that to write them down was to subject those inalienable rights to scrutiny from the government. If the government was not to infringe on the right of the press, for instance, they would need to define what the press actually was so they could make sure they didn’t infringe on their freedoms. This alarmed a majority of these men enough that they voted against including a Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights was introduced in the first Congress by James Madison. During the ratification debates most of the ratification delegations issued supplementary ideas they would like introduced in the first Congress. There was no authority to change the proposed Constitution, but these men had faith in the good will of their fellow men to give their thoughts a fair hearing. A majority of these notes concerned a Bill of Rights. James Madison took these notes and condensed them down to a much smaller list. This was the start of the Bill of Rights. After congressional deliberation, there were 12 Amendments transmitted to the states for approval. We all know today that 10 made the cut. We had a Bill of Rights.

Now I ask you- what rights do the Bill of Rights give us? If you said anything other than none you are incorrect. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights”. The Bill of Rights give us NO rights. They describe SOME of the inalienable rights that are inherent and not to be encroached by government.

The 2nd Amendment, for instance,  does not give us the right to keep and bear arms. It describes an inherent right, already possessed by the people, that shall not be infringed by government. The way this idea has been turned on its head has made the pursuit of liberty difficult.When you understand the 2nd Amendment in this true sense then you see how our government has violated our rights, not protected them. Government gives us no rights.

The people have inherent rights. SOME of these rights are listed in our Bill of Rights. The 9th Amendment is the catch all for our rights and states that even though we haven’t listed a certain right, it is the people’s, not the governments prerogative to claim it. The 10th Amendment further secures this claim.

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Ted Cruz Is The Constituional Conservative We Need

I wasn’t planning on writing on this subject but I am going to GeorgeFest tomorrow in Eustis with a good friend and mentor and decided to write this as a reference for those I meet there to consolidate my ideas.

My first passion is the Constitution. The most important aspect of the Constitution is the Bill of Rights. If you have ever talked to me then you already know: I believe that the ONLY reason we have had THE most prosperous and free country ever to grace the face of the Earth is because of the Constitution. Our country originated in a unique time in history where a people threw off the chains of despotism and formed a government of the people, by the people and for the people. There have been many revolutions throughout history. Our was truly a miracle.

Now to Ted Cruz.

I first ran across Ted Cruz when he was running for the Senate in Texas. I really liked what I read and heard. He had led the fight in District of Columbia vs. Heller to stipulate that the 2nd Amendment was indeed an individual right. He formed a coalition of many states (over 30 I believe) that fought for our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. This decision led to a reassertion of 2nd Amendment rights around the country. Cruz was also involved in a case Mendellin vs. Texas where he asserted the idea that the US Constitution is superior to UN law. The United Nations wanted to reopen adjudicated murder cases here in the United States as ordered by the UN International Court. Ted Cruz fought the International Court and won. A win for US sovereignty.

While not being a religious person myself, I do understand the importance of Christianity in the formation and success of our country. Ted Cruz has defended locating the 10 Commandments monument on Texas state grounds successfully. When the rest of the nation was separating themselves from the Bible and its teachings, he stood firm in Texas and allowed Texans their freedom of religious expression. The 1st Amendment won with Ted Cruz.

I was very involved in politics when the Schumer Gang of Eight Bill was introduced. It was clear then as it should be today that the bill led to a path of citizenship for illegals here in the country. Ted Cruz led the fight against this bill finally winning over support when he introduced a few amendment one of which stated that this bill cannot be used as a tool for citizenship. When his common sense amendments were not added it became apparent to enough Senators the true reason for the bill. It was squashed.

Digging deeper into Ted Cruz what was what fully won me over. His recognition of state’s rights and the proper role of the federal government. In multiple videos I have heard him castigate the Supreme Court for its overreach into state’s issues. This occurrence is nothing new but his responses were refreshing to listen to. It was as if I was listening to Madison reading a modern day Federalist Paper.

On many occasions Ted Cruz has been “ambushed” by the left who think to embarrass him. LOL, so far it has all backfired. Look for Ted’s video where he calls a code pink protester up to the podium to have an actual conversation about the topic of nukes in Iran. Instead of having someone remove the person, he chooses dialogue and reason. Another memorable video is after Sandy Hook where a reporter tries to paint him in a corner as supporting gun violence for not supporting “common sense” gun restrictions. In 2 1/2 minutes he validated the founder’s views perfectly.

While many have said they want to reduce the size of government Ted Cruz is the only one that has committed on paper to do something about it. When he becomes President, Ted wants to shut down the Departments of Education, Commerce, Energy, HUD, and dearest to my heart the IRS! In my opinion the 16th and 17th Amendments are the 2 worst that were ever passed. The creation of an income tax and the removal of a key check and balance between the states and the federal government has altered the lives of Americans in very detrimental ways. Anybody who wants to take on these issues definitely has my blessings as a candidate. The idea that a candidate would run this as part of their platform cemented the idea that Ted Cruz IS the constitutional conservative that we need in the White House.

I am not saying that Ted Cruz is perfect. But if you are looking for a principled constitutional conservative that will start the move to make states a more relevant component of our republic then Ted Cruz is your guy. If you want a constitutional lawyer that will fight FOR the Constitution instead of looking for ways to circumvent it then Ted Cruz is your man. Finally, if you want someone who will say what he will do, and actually do it then Ted Cruz is your guy. You may not agree with everything he believes in but you can be assured he will indeed do what he says.