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Happy Bill of Rights Day

On this 218th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Americans continue to cherish — and debate — the rights to speak, worship, assemble peacefully, petition the government; to own guns and private property; to avoid self-incrimination and unreasonable search and seizure; and to have a fair, speedy trial by an impartial jury of their peers and with the benefit of counsel. Virginia planter George Mason surely would be proud to know that the declaration of rights he championed not only endures today but gets a workout daily in our courts, legislative chambers and public square.