Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights!

Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights are 227 years old today

By Horace Cooper

Adopted December 15, 1791 when the Virginia legislature ratified it, making it a part of the Constitution. Virginia was final state required to approve of the ¾ required by Article V. The Constitution tells us how our government is to operate while the Bill of Rights gives us our protections.

Twenty Five Things The Bill Of Rights Says The Government Cannot Do

Amendment I

  1. The government cannot make you believe in a religion.
  2. The government cannot keep you from practicing any religion you choose.
  3. The government cannot keep you from saying what you wish.
  4. The government cannot keep you from writing what you want.
  5. The government cannot stop you from publishing what you want.
  6. The government cannot keep you from joining together peacefully with others to express your views.
  7. The government cannot prevent you from complaining about what the government or others are doing to you.

Amendment II

  1. The government cannot take away your right to own and keep guns.

Amendment III

  1. The government cannot make you let soldiers live in your house unless the country comes under attack and Congress specifically authorizes it.

Amendment IV

  1. The government cannot come into your home unless it has legal permission from a judge.

Amendment V

  1. The government cannot hold you in jail for a major crime without the knowledge and approval of your fellow citizens.
  2. The government cannot try a person twice for the same crime.
  3. The government cannot make you incriminate yourself.
  4. The government cannot take away your life, liberty, or property without following the law.
  5. The government cannot take your private property from you for public use unless it pays to you what your property is worth.

Amendment VI

  1. The government cannot hold you in jail for a long time without a trial if you are accused of having broken the law.
  2. The government cannot deny to you a speedy trial with a jury of your fellow citizens.
  3. The government cannot keep secret from you those who will speak against you.
  4. The government cannot prevent you from having your personal attorney.
  5. The government cannot keep you from having other people help you defend yourself in a courtroom.

Amendment VII

  1. The government cannot keep you from having a trial decided by your fellow citizens in civil disputes and the fact-finding by the jury in those trials cannot be overturned by other courts.

Amendment VIII

  1. The government cannot make people pay an unfairly high amount of money for bail while they wait for a judge or jury to hear their case.
  2. The government cannot punish you for a crime in a cruel and unusual way.

Amendment IX

  1. The government cannot limit your rights to just those listed in the Bill of Rights.

Amendment X

  1. The government cannot claim to possess more power and authority than what the Constitution permits, and all other powers not listed in the Constitution belong to the states or individuals.

Above List Is Excerpt from Horace Cooper’s Essay:

“The Bill Of Rights, America’s Bulwark of Freedom”

Click here to read more

Provided by Constituting America

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Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights!

The Bill of Rights are 227 years old today

By Horace Cooper

Adopted December 15, 1791 when the Virginia legislature ratified it, making it a part of the Constitution. Virginia was final state required to approve of the ¾ required by Article V. The Constitution tells us how our government is to operate while the Bill of Rights gives us our protections.

Twenty Five Things The Bill Of Rights Says The Government Cannot Do

Amendment I

  1. The government cannot make you believe in a religion.
  2. The government cannot keep you from practicing any religion you choose.
  3. The government cannot keep you from saying what you wish.
  4. The government cannot keep you from writing what you want.
  5. The government cannot stop you from publishing what you want.
  6. The government cannot keep you from joining together peacefully with others to express your views.
  7. The government cannot prevent you from complaining about what the government or others are doing to you.

Amendment II

  1. The government cannot take away your right to own and keep guns.

Amendment III

  1. The government cannot make you let soldiers live in your house unless the country comes under attack and Congress specifically authorizes it.

Amendment IV

  1. The government cannot come into your home unless it has legal permission from a judge.

Amendment V

  1. The government cannot hold you in jail for a major crime without the knowledge and approval of your fellow citizens.
  2. The government cannot try a person twice for the same crime.
  3. The government cannot make you incriminate yourself.
  4. The government cannot take away your life, liberty, or property without following the law.
  5. The government cannot take your private property from you for public use unless it pays to you what your property is worth.

Amendment VI

  1. The government cannot hold you in jail for a long time without a trial if you are accused of having broken the law.
  2. The government cannot deny to you a speedy trial with a jury of your fellow citizens.
  3. The government cannot keep secret from you those who will speak against you.
  4. The government cannot prevent you from having your personal attorney.
  5. The government cannot keep you from having other people help you defend yourself in a courtroom.

Amendment VII

  1. The government cannot keep you from having a trial decided by your fellow citizens in civil disputes and the fact-finding by the jury in those trials cannot be overturned by other courts.

Amendment VIII

  1. The government cannot make people pay an unfairly high amount of money for bail while they wait for a judge or jury to hear their case.
  2. The government cannot punish you for a crime in a cruel and unusual way.

Amendment IX

  1. The government cannot limit your rights to just those listed in the Bill of Rights.

Amendment X

  1. The government cannot claim to possess more power and authority than what the Constitution permits, and all other powers not listed in the Constitution belong to the states or individuals.

Above List Is Excerpt from Horace Cooper’s Essay:

“The Bill Of Rights, America’s Bulwark of Freedom”

Click here to read more

Provided by Constituting America

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