Your rights and liberties?
Many people are unaware that most of the rights and freedoms enshrined in the US Bill of Rights were first enshrined in Britain's Constitution. British subjects in America fought for the rights and liberties which they considered theirs as Englishmen and Englishwomen. The British Crown in its unwisdom had sought to deprive them of those rights.
On this day in 1791, after they had won their freedom and had established the US Constitution, Americans amended the US Constitution. Ten amendments, now called the Bill of Rights, confirmed in writing the liberties that are essential to the happiness, self-determination, and success of free men and women and which belong to them by right. Government doesn't give us those liberties. Its role is to protect them.
The rights and liberties in the American Bill of Rights have their source in Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the Declaration of Right, and the British Bill of Rights. (Americans also added several new, vital rights.)
We describe the rights and freedoms fought for over a thousand years in Britain and incorporated in the US Bill of Rights in our book Share the Inheritance. It's an illustrated summary for young people and those who want their information swiftly provided. (Daniel Hannan has expanded on the theme in his new book.)
Former British subjects who were well-acquainted with British constitutional law, Americans remembered and treasured their inheritance. Do they still treasure their inheritance today? Do we?