What does Bill of Rights protect?

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To the Editor:

The time is upon us again when we all go to the polls, cast our votes, return to our centered lives complaining and placing weight of all issues upon those we have elected. This is the process, is it not? No!

We all may think it is, but only our ignorance allows this. George Washington, in his farewell address to the nation warned us all of political parties, “Lest they be like fires untended will consume.” He did not trust political parties of any kind because of their danger to people’s freedom in a republic.

I’ve heard people say with great sincerity, “Our Constitution protects us” from this or that. Once the seed of ignorance is planted it cultivates and grows stronger than the truth. The truth is, our Constitution is a set of laws by which this republic and her three houses of power, (judicial, legislative, and executive), must conduct their business.

I have heard people say, “The Constitution protects my right of free speech.” No, it does not. Before our Constitution could be ratified, some states had questions, such as, “What keeps our new federal government from saying I have to go to that church, when I like to go to this church?” Of course those who wanted the Constitution to pass answered, “We would never do that.” But again,”What if someone later said we had to?” As a result, the First Amendment was created.

The was the basis for all of the first 10 amendments, which are known as the Bill of Rights. Created to keep the federal government from hurting, in anyway,  we, the people of the United States of America and to contain the powers granted to those three houses within boundaries that shall not be broken.

Today we have groups of individuals arguing about whether it is legal or not for businesses to cover abortion (of which a morning after pill is), comes under the first amendment, and do they qualify? The answer is yes they qualify.

I have also heard people and media use the term Tea Party, like it was a bad thing, especially when used against someone. Just as George Washington, the richest man of his time in the colonies, who risked all for our Republic, so did they. If, you all really wish change in our state and nation, you simply must stop using the same level of intelligence that created the problems to begin with.

Lynn DeSpain
Keizer

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