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Opening Arguments

The Big 10

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

On Dec. 15, 1791, the ten amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights were ratified.

The National Archives this year held a contest via Twitter, asking followers to distill the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights down to 140 characters each.

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The libertarian think-tank Cato Institute took a less cheerful tack, listing the ways they believe government has infringed on the Bill of Rights. "It's a depressing snapshot, to be sure, but I submit that the Framers of the Constitution would not have been surprised by the relentless attempts by government to expand its sphere of control," wrote Tim Lynch, a Cato policy scholar. "Let's enjoy the holidays but also resolve to be more vigilant about our liberties in 2011."

Yeah, that cranky old "libertarian think tank," lamenting the erosion of individual rights. No Democrat or Republican could be reached for comment.