Amen to Thomas Mitchell's "melancholy celebration" of the anniversay of the Bill of Rights (coming Friday):
Sadly, most of those rights have been gradually eroded over the years by well-meaning elected officials, bureaucrats and even by the voters themselves.
One reason for that erosion, not mentioned by Mitchell, is that the Bill of Rights has been stood on its head. It was intended as protection against the federal government. It has become mostly a set of rules enforced by the federal government.