December 15th is the anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as ratified in 1791. The Bill of Rights was inspired by three remarkable documents: John Locke's 1689 thesis, Two Treatises of Government, regarding the protection of "property"; in part from the Virginia Declaration of Rights authored by George Mason in 1776 as part of that state's Constitution; and, of course, in part from our Declaration of Independence authored by Thomas Jefferson.
Read in context, the Bill of Rights is both an affirmation of innate individual rights and a clear delineation on constraints upon the central government. As often trampled and abused as the Bill of Rights is, Patriots should remain vigilant in the fight for their rights.
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