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Bill of Rights Day

To the Editor:

Dec. 15 has been an American civil holiday for more than 70 years. Sadly, the holiday and what it honors have become forgotten, particularly by most of those running our government at all levels.

Dec. 15, 1941, “Bill of Rights Day,” was signed into practice as a U.S. civil holiday, exactly 150 years after the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution – was ratified.

The Bill of Rights defines what America is supposed to be. Freedoms to speak, print, read, assemble, pray (or not pray), petition the government, keep and bear arms. Protection from unreasonable arrests and searches, excessive bail, double jeopardy, coerced confessions, cruel and unusual punishment. Powers not specifically delegated to the federal government by the Constitution being reserved for the states or the people.

So on Dec. 15, fly the U.S. flag. Reflect on how our government is doing with ensuring we citizens still have our Creator-given constitutional rights. Think about whether you feel more secure, as government continually erodes your liberty and freedom (the “Patriot” Act, warrantless eavesdropping, inexorably rising taxes and debt, being forced by government to purchase certain goods and services, seat belt laws, gun laws, over a million nonviolent offenders imprisoned, airport security, endless violent foreign intervention).

Who do you trust more to enable you to be free and prosper, government or yourself?

Activate and get involved. Plato is credited with effectively saying, “The penalty for not getting involved in politics is being governed by your inferiors.”

Chris Jenner

Cary

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