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April 2, 2013

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Bill of Rights protects us all

No one can doubt that one of the greatest achievements and foresights of our founding fathers when forming the structure of our federal government included a Bill of Rights in the Constitution. The different political and philosophical schools of thoughts that debated the structure and powers of the federal government did not deny the citizens of specific government-protected rights which were identified and formed the Bill of Rights.

At any time tyrannical powers in many forms could arise against the citizens of this country from our government which could unconstitutionally surface and be deliberately and unconstitutionally legislated into government power. This was realized, and the founders protected all the citizens from it in the Bill of Rights.

I think everyone realizes there are many different schools of thought and philosophies of proper federal government authority under our Constitution.  There is the belief that the federal government should do everything and be all powerful, and there is the belief that the federal government should do very little. There are also many interpretations that the federal government power and authority should be somewhere in between. These are always and constantly being argued and debated.

Whether our federal government is weak or strong or somewhere in between, the Bill of Rights belongs to and is the rightful inheritance of all the citizens of this country. It was deliberately designed to be “laissez faire,” hands off by the newly formed government and to all future governments.

The Bill of Rights does not belong to the government or to any changing views of the federal government’s authority or power. The Bill of Rights protects the American citizen from his own government.

— Charles Bean

Terre Haute


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