We are hereby resolved that under no circumstances shall the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights be infringed. In particular we are opposed to any attempt on the part of the Federal Government to deny the people their right to bear arms, to worship and pray when and where they choose, or to own and control property.
It is our resolve that government’s slow progress in dismantling the Bill of Rights shall be reversed
There has been a slow, yet clear, progression of government to do away with many of our specific freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights. Government has competed with private industry in obtaining and controlling land and property.
This is an egregious conflict of interest and is NOT the proper role of government. Furthermore, government has attempted to pass laws which conflict with our Founders’ original intent to allow the free exercise of the right to bear arms, to worship, and to be free of random searches, seizures, and the collection of information about each individual.
Mainstream media, along with many Hollywood movies, has supported these moves which have overtaken the American people in the name of protections and securities. Much like our U.S. Constitution, either the Bill of Rights means what it says or it doesn’t mean anything at all.
“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure… On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” – Thomas Jefferson
“It would be a dangerous delusion, were a confidence in the men of our choice, to silence our fears for the safety of our rights. Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence. It is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power; our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no further, our confidence may go… In questions of power, then, let not more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson, The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, Annals of America, 4:65-66
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