But in daily life?
- Try boarding a commercial flight in the United States. Explain the Fourth Amendment to the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) staff as they blast you with radiation and take naked pictures of you. You'll be laughed at. Or arrested.
- Try holding a Christmas program in a public (government-run) school. Or worse, try praying before a school event. The ACLU will sue you for sure, and you may face criminal charges.
- Try purchasing firearms, and then ask yourself, "Was my Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms "infringed" in any way during that process?"
- Try questioning Islam on the streets of Dearborn, Michigan. Be sure to recite the First Amendment to the arresting officers, too.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. ~Thomas JeffersonJefferson is making a subtle, but tremendously important point. Our rights outlined in the first ten amendments to the US Constitution are not there to protect citizens from bad people. According to Jefferson, they exist to protect us from the Federal government - the very entity now eroding these rights.
Were he with us today, Jefferson might observe that tyranny is raising its ugly head by quietly reducing and eventually eliminating our Constitutional rights that were meant to protect us from an all-powerful, intrusive Federal government. And only we, the informed citizens, can stop tyranny.
Patrick Henry made it even clearer:
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. ~Patrick Henry