"Indeed, it was the enumeration of powers,
not the enumeration of rights in the Bill of Rights,
that was meant by the Framers to be
the principal limitation on government power."
Roger Pilon
Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Cato Institute
Restoring Constitutional Government, Cato's Letter #9, p. 2, published by the Cato Institute (1995)
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The de jure governments (local to federal) of the States united have no rights; they have duties only. Only the individual sovereign has rights, his lawful extension (government) does not. Foreign despots claiming to have inherent right, in toto aloof from We The People, now infest this land with a dictatorial statist theocracy.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I must study the "2 enumerations"
     -- Dr. Tom LaMar, Keeseville, NY     
     -- ed, NYC      
    All in the constitution. Thank you Mike, yes, true sir. we have few ways to turn now, as the socialists march on towards the domination of human kind, they will NEVER get my mind, NEVER change my mind. FREEDOM at all costs.
     -- Kimo, lahaina     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    I did not learn in school that the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution itself, are the rules for the government, not for the people. Instead of a government with limited powers, we are led to believe that the government is omnipotent and that it should focus its power on the causes of the 'powerless' (who only became that way because of centralized power.)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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