Bill of Rights Day Awareness a Good Indicator of National Priorities

By David Codrea

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Leave it to Obama to send out a tweet on Bill of Rights Day reminding Americans they’re required to comply with a federal mandate for which authority is nowhere delegated in the Constitution. Or else.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Since its ratification on December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights has enshrined many of our most fundamental liberties and unalienable rights — including the freedoms of speech, worship, and assembly; the rights to trial by jury and due process, and the protections from unreasonable search and seizure and cruel and unusual punishment,” Barack Obama noted in his official 2016 presidential proclamation commemorating the occasion. That’s today, in case you didn’t realize, and it’s been “officially” recognized by the federal government since Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it so in 1941, commemorating the 150th anniversary of its ratification.

Naturally, even though he mentioned “principles that drove patriots to choose revolution over tyranny,” Obama did not see fit to acknowledge the right of the people to keep and bear arms, choosing instead to “celebrate the long arc of progress,” and intimating that “opportunity and equality” are still thwarted by racism and sexism. No surprise there, that he would be using a day to celebrate freedom as an opportunity to stoke divisiveness and resentment, especially since we know who he’s implying is still racist and sexist.

For those who haven’t followed the development of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights was crafted to help resolve Federalist/Anti-Federalist concerns and to induce holdouts into accepting it. The argument made by those who saw no need for one was essentially that it wasn’t needed, as the government could assume no powers that weren’t specifically delegated to it, and thus had no legitimate authority to weigh in on such matters one way or another.

That still holds true in principle—for instance, challenge any gun-grabber to cite the section authorizing “gun control,” and they’ll either be at a loss or else deflect by parroting the hollow deflection that the words “general welfare” appear in the Preamble.

That’s an important section, because it lays down the reasons the nation came together under the Constitution in the first place, but it’s basically a purpose statement—the actual means to legitimately achieve those purposes is only authorized through delegated powers, meaning the way you “promote the general Welfare” and do all those other important things is through the executive, the legislative and the judiciary branches of government exercising their lawful powers while exerting checks and balances on each other.

By the same token, those who opposed a bill of rights feared some would construe those listed to be the totality of what government recognized. Hence we have the Ninth Amendment:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

And the Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

What many don’t seem to be aware of is that the Bill of Rights also has a Preamble:

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

Everybody’s got that, right? In order to keep government from becoming abusive, here are some further restrictions, things it can’t do. In other words, “Shall not be infringed” means exactly that. It's “the right of the people,” just like it says.

And no, even though some who should know better still utter thoughtless statements like “The Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms,” or “The Second Amendment is my gun permit” that’s exactly the wrong way of looking at things.That's the way the UN treats the “privileges” it deigns to grant in its fraudulently-named “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”  Since they did not create the rights, no men can presume to bestow them on others. That which can be dispensed can be withheld or taken back.

The Founders, as shown in the Declaration of Independence, recognized rights to be “unalienable” and “endowed by our Creator,” and whether you adhere to that or view things from a more agnostic perspective—that rights are inherent to being human—their status is special in the eyes of the law, as the late Justice Antonin Scalia recalled in the Heller decision, citing precedent from U.S. v. Cruikshank:

“[t]his is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.

It’s all fine and good in theory, right?  Instead what we see is government doing whatever it damn well pleases, more infringements than you can shake a stick at, and no shortage of useful idiots screaming for more as political charlatans usurp undelegated powers and “activist” judges rule it’s all OK. The reason they can do that and get away with it is because, by and large, We the People have failed to grasp that we are the ultimate check and balance. For the most part, we’ve ignored (if we were ever aware of it in the first place) Patrick Henry’s warning to:

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

How are “we” who consider ourselves freedom advocates doing on that? And how are our countrymen doing? After all, the reason for the whole experiment is “to secure the Blessings of Liberty.”

Assuming it can give us a feel for national priorities vital to a free people, check out the Google News feed and compare results for search terms “Bill of Rights Day” and “Kim Kardashian,” and you tell me.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 17 thoughts on “Bill of Rights Day Awareness a Good Indicator of National Priorities

    1. Thanks all the same, Uncle Bo, but I have already made my choice. I will continue with the healthcare plan I’ve been implementing for the past forty years with great success. One look at your “numbers” and the premium for one year is signficantly above what ALL my medical needs have cost during that time period, 40 years. THEN, in the unlikely eevnt I did need some significant medical attention, the huge deductivle and co-pays would, on their own, again exceed my total costs over the past 40 years.

      You crammed that “plan” (“plot” is a more accurate word) down our throats by threatening and badgering our elected “representatives” who then sold us down the river in passing a wretched bill they never had opportunity to even read. Later you wrangled your accomplices in the Just Us Department to rename the mandate violation penalty from a fine to a tax…… somehow you “bought” “Justice” Roberts. And you expect ME to patronise THAT sort of “business”? Dream on… MY “dreams from my Father” play out a bit differently than do yours.

    2. Obama – THE supreme example of “give a ni&&er a job to do and he will find a way to screw it up.” Please note that I don’t include all blacks in this statement; just those who insist on using their skin color as justification/motivation to “prove” they are better than whites. People like Obama, Kanye, Whoopi and LeBron I have no problem putting in this category.

      1. @Marshall – The people you named want to take America down the road of ‘Black Nationalism’. They really believe having political majorities in the large cities entitles them to dictate policy for the whole country. Just read the text of Malcolm X’s ‘Ballots or Bullets’ speech from 1964 and you’ll get the ‘drift’. There’s nothing new to their ‘meme’.

    3. David,

      Great article. Possibly we as the 2nd Amendment community can start pushing for an actual holiday celebration every year on December 15th. I have been “celebrating” in my own way every year and often wear the Bill of Rights Day t-shirt that Arron Zelmen from JPFO sent me almost 20 years ago.

      It is very important for Americans to know that had it not been for Patrick Henry, the Bill of rights would not have existed. They also should read The Federalist Papers AND The Anti-Federalist Papers which are both available in paperback (great stocking stuffer) and digital download to have a great understanding of our God-given, government recognized rights.

    4. Obama is not intelligent enough to understand the bill of rights and the Constitution. He can barely put two intelligent thoughts or words together to form a coherent sentience. Without a telleprompter he is lost. He has no understanding of the founding fathers intent on forming a more perfect uniion. It is hard to believe that somebody as stupid and ignorent and lazy as Obama is could be elected to anything let alone POTUS

      1. Everything you said about Obama was a lie. And that makes me feel good because it just proves the Neanderthal is not capable of being spiritually civilized or fair when it comes to his own pleasure like the Homo Sapien. The fact you have to lie to discredit him only enhances the Truth. The fact you don’t understand how small and ignorant this makes you look is; simply an inevitable result of your Neanderthal DNA. You’re not like us. Yes, you are inferior to the Homo Sapien. You are the spawn of the cave dwellers and your ancestors were wild animals that resembled humans. You are by nature inferior to the Original Man, and thus excluded from being expected to be good. You’re welcomed, little cave critter.

        1. Spoken like the true racist you progressive-communist democrats are. Your entire premise rests on the assumption that he is a “lesser” and “inferior” species than you. You ignorant statist half-wits are such narcissists you cannot even recognize the blatant contradictions in your “belief” system.

          Were you born a complete retard or do you just practice really hard at it?

        2. What the hell are you doing on this web site???? You seem to have left your itty-bitty brain behind when you entered the first grade!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        3. What an ignorant, nasty little Marxist cu*t.

          Creatures like LW are why we are armed to the teeth and will remain so.

          They are also why Donald Trump will be our next president. Boo f*cking hoo, Human Democrat Centipede. Eat your sh*t like a good little drone.

        4. Lun Troll “Washington”, if what you say is true, there is only one scenario under which it could be true…. that the OP to which you refer does not speak truth about the kinyun because of his own naif state. I have held since the time he first infested the national politcal stage that he is NOT stupid, ignorant, incompetent in the slightest. He often PLAYS the buffoon, but only as a cover for his end game. Observing how he comported himself when standing for office as the Junior Senator from the State of Illinois, I was convinced he is an evil, conniving, opportunist deliberately playing his role as the buffoon to access the political levers of power with the singular intent to weaken and if possible overthrow this great nation. Observe how he has played race, religion, gender, economic status, political leanings, of one faction in the US against another ,and even extending to the world “stage” as well. He has fiathfully executed NOT the laws of this democratic republic, but the priciples and methods laid out in Marx and Alinsky. He has carefully and skillfully sealed every record of his past that could possibly reveal who he REALLY is.

          No one can accomplish all this in the short timeframe he’s been operational and at the same time be as ignorant and incompetent as the author of the comment you claim is false….. thus, either that author, Eaglesnester, is wrong (ignorant would be my guess) and what I just laid out is true, or what I have laid out is false and Eaglesnest is correct. If the former, you are correct in the technical sense, but wrong in the sense of truth.

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