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Monday, October 31, 2011

Saving the Bill of Rights

Frank Miniter believes the Bill of Rights is under attack. His book, called Saving the Bill of Rights, Exposes the Left's Campaign to Destroy American Exceptionalism. He describes how our liberties expressly identified in the Bill of Rights are being ignored or eroded by leftist politicians, activist judges, and special-interest groups. Liberals pretend to be champions of individual liberties, but Frank Miniter explains that this is not so. The liberals are actually chipping away at the foundational freedoms that make America exceptional.
Liberals have used advances in technology to try to justify undermining our protection against unreasonable search and seizure found in the Fourth Amendment, but Miniter rejects the notion that new technology makes the Bill of Rights obsolete. Just because the Founders didn't know about airplanes and the internet doesn't mean that we no longer need our constitutional right to be secure against unreasonable searches.

Frank Miniter has a chapter on each of the ten amendments. He spells out why the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, might be the most important of the ten. He writes that the Fifth Amendment, our right to own property, is at special risk from government taking people's homes to give to other private persons or businesses because they are expected to pay higher taxes.

Author Miniter explains what's behind many current controversies about our rights and liberties, such as: how the liberals are using their slogan of "net neutrality" to stifle free speech; why "separation of church and state" (a phrase not in the First Amendment) has been twisted to drive Christianity, and even God, out of the public square; how the liberals have repeatedly violated the Tenth Amendment and how restoring its true meaning could help preserve some of our liberties.

We can thank the Tea Party movement for encouraging everyone to read and appreciate the U.S. Constitution.


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