Much in life boils down to intent, a most powerful word. What were our founder’s intent when they wrote the U.S. Constitution and some later, wishing to amend it, with the Bill of Rights? Why did they feel like they even needed to amend it? As it clearly states, in the Preamble of the Bill of Rights below:
– expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: –
The Bill of Rights ( 1st 10 Amendments ) was written, in other words, because the founders feared that the powers of the U.S. Constitution would be misconstructed (i.e. misinterpreted) or feared abuse of its power (e.g. ignored – such as what has been happening more rapidly, in the last 15 years). They created the Bill of Rights foreseeing the consequences that are underway, right now. And they created the Preamble, to the Bill of Rights, to tell us, exactly why.
These documents are some of the most powerful protections of individual freedoms ever written. And they were written by men who knew what it was to be indentured and yes, even to be slaves.
No law, statute, treaty, etc. trumps these protections enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
The First 10 Amendments to the
Constitution as Ratified by the States
December 15, 1791
Congress OF THE United States
begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday
the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution
Full Text: http://www.billofrights.org/