"The first ten amendments were proposed and adopted largely because of fear that Government might unduly interfere with prized individual liberties. The people wanted and demanded a Bill of Rights written into their Constitution. The amendments embodying the Bill of Rights were intended to curb all branches of the Federal Government in the fields touched by the amendments—Legislative, Executive, and Judicial."
by:
Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
Source:
Adamson v. California, 332 U.S. 46, 71 (Dissent) (1947).
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In other words, the first ten amendents were designed to protect citizens from their own government.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Not shooting the - speaking outside both sides of his mouth - messenger; absolutely correct. Many founders thought the ten amendments were misleading because, if the government could do nothing the constitution did not specifically allow, the ten amendments would be later construed to limit the rights of the individual sovereign(s). Today, the occupying statist theocracy that infests this land regularly and unduly interferes with prized individual liberties without any real regard to the constitution or the ten amendments.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Mary - MI      
     
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