The Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791. After the war, 13 states adopted the Constitution. Before ratification, the people demanded a bill of rights to prevent the new government from depriving them of their hard won rights.
Sadly, government now has strayed very far from the original vision of limited powers. Today there is no aspect of our lives -- public or private -- that the government regards as exempt from its jurisdiction and control. America's founders fought a revolution to throw off tyranny.
We invite all freedom loving Americans to take a few moments to reread the Bill of Rights, remember the sacrifices our forefathers made for those precious liberties, and reaffirm your own dedication to the defense and preservation of these freedoms.
Mary Lou Seymour, Aiken