“All of the Bill of Rights for all of the people”
If the lame stream media has its way, you won’t hear about Bill of Rights Day. December 15 will come and go. You may hear it’s Thomas Edison’s birthday or similar trivia, but the day the Bill of Rights was ratified, if prior years is a gauge, will be ignored by our despicable “news” media. To them, the day introducing the greatest freedoms humanity has ever known — is a non-event. It’s increasingly true when people say our media has become one of the greatest enemies of liberty. You can change that single-handedly.
For more than ten years, citizens have been assembling to celebrate the Bill of Rights by reading it out loud at dinner. But, there’s a little more to it than that.
Arrange for a dinner with a group of friends. Or your entire church. Your child’s friends and their parents. Your bowling group, gun club, hunting buddies, family, neighbors or best friend. Gather this small or large group and go to dinner at some place you choose, at home or away. After the meal, someone (that’s you) dings the side of a water glass to make the universally recognized call-to-order sound. Say hello, thank everyone for coming. Then, haul out your copies of the Constitution, and read the Bill of Rights — all of it — out loud. The out loud part is important, in unison or taking turns.
It is an amazing moment. A hush falls over the room. If there are other people nearby they notice. The virtually sacred words ring out. It’s almost like prayer. Something almost magical happens as this takes place in rooms across our great nation. These words that so changed the world forever are given life and wing, and they grace the ears of all whom they pass. Let the silence after the Tenth Amendment linger for a moment.
Here in Phoenix, where we’ve done this for more than a decade, we started in a nice steak house with about seven guys. It was so good we each kept inviting others until now it’s an open-attendance, packed-house event at a public facility. We’ve been at the Wrigley Mansion, the Goldwater Institute, restaurants, churches and this year it looks like we’ll have multiple events around the metroplex to handle the crowds (and instigators — people motivated to invite other people, like you could do). We’ve had bands, guest speakers (including Patrick Henry), rows of political booths. There’s nothing the celebration can’t become.
Make A List
December 15 this year is Saturday, a perfect night. It’s still weeks away, so the timing is good. Stop right now. Find a window and gaze out. Do it. Think. Who could you invite? Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Make a list and invite some people (or your entire orbit) for dinner. Nothing’s easy, so here’s the hard part. Since you (yes you, don’t go looking around sheepishly) are going to make this happen, you have to pick a restaurant (or talk to someone) about holding the dinner there. “OMG, that’s soooo hard, I’m dyin’, you’re killin’ me here…” Some patriot you are. Okay sport, make it Dutch treat. I’m even asking Handgunner’s editor to do this. (Editor’s Note: I’m in! I’ll show a picture of our gathering in an upcoming Insider column.)
In the Cartridge Family Band’s song ACLU, they point out a weakness in that group’s agenda. It’s the same hole half the nation suffers from: “There are no guns in their judicial fights. There’s nine amendments in their Bill of Rights”
Bill of Rights Day is the cure for this. Only the most ideological enemies could stand up and oppose Bill of Rights Day on the grounds that 10 percent of the amendments protect the right to keep and bear arms. Gun-rights advocates sometimes think the Second Amendment is the most important one of all, but each amendment is an equally crucial inseparable part of a unified whole. You need Tenth Amendment federalism, and free speech, and juries — and all the rest.
You should recall, and if you read the Bill from a parchment facsimile like we have been doing, you will see — the Bill was one proposed amendment to the Constitution, composed of twelve Articles, ten of which were ratified and later renamed as individual amendments. It’s all amendment number one in reality.
Exercise Your Freedom
When we’re finished reading, we discuss the health of the Bill of Rights in Town Hall fashion. This is the best part. Then you are literally using the First Amendment’s right to assemble to redress grievances, as the Founders intended. Ask the people assembled how healthy they think the Bill of Rights is, why it isn’t better, and what can be done about it. Be the emcee.
In many countries you can be arrested for doing this. There, you are bordering on sedition, talking about what’s wrong with government, how it is acting against your rights and best interests, and how to stop those encroachments. Here, this is protected speech, and that is protected by the force of arms. Bill of Rights Day is a message to government that we people are the rulers — and government is the servant. It’s a message you should help send from your neck of the woods.
By Alan Korwin
Alan Korwin’s company Bloomfield Press/gunlaws.com is the largest publisher and distributor of plain-English gun-law books in the country. See the Bill of Rights Day page at gunlaws.com.
By Alan Korwin