The U.S. Constitution Guarantees Our Citizens Many Priceless Rights and Freedoms.

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are the foundation which delineated a constitutional federal republic.

I hate how people think that the Constitution gives us, as individuals, rights.

We must always keep reminding people that the Constitution gives no rights to individuals.

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights recognizes and protects and guarantees, but does not grant rights to individuals.

The Constitution does grant Congress certain powers, as well as the Executive and the Judiciary.

The Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments, simply guarantees that the government will not infringe upon those rights it enumerates.

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights both assumed that the rights pre-exist.

This is an important distinction.

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights reflects that our federal government must only be vested with a certain degree of power ... not all power.

So as not to infringe upon the rights of the individual, or upon the powers of the individual states.

It merely instructs government that it cannot take away our God-given rights.

 

 

FOUNDING DOCUMENTS - http://www.constitution.org/cs_found.htm

 

 

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

"You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; right derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe." ~ John Adams

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government." ~ Alexander Hamilton

"The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived." ~ James Madison

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." ~ John Adams


“[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” ~ James Madison

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” ~ James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179, 1794

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

"It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Josie06 Josie06
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2 Responses Mar 8, 2009

I need to keep this. The school curriculum no longer stresses what you talk about here.

many will understand the importance of knowing these things once they no longer have them. then trying to get them back is going to be very difficult. power given to the government is never returned to the people.