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Posted on December 24, 2002. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Bill Of Rights Pared Down To A Manageable Six
Flanked by key members of Congress and his administration, President Bush approved Monday a streamlined version of the Bill of Rights that pares its 10 original amendments down to a “tight, no-nonsense” six.

A Republican initiative that went unopposed by congressional Democrats, the revised Bill of Rights provides citizens with a “more manageable” set of privacy and due-process rights by eliminating four amendments and condensing and/or restructuring five others. The Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms, was the only article left unchanged.

Calling the historic reduction “a victory for America,” Bush promised that the new document would do away with “bureaucratic impediments to the flourishing of democracy at home and abroad.”

“Quite honestly, I could never get my head around what the Ninth Amendment meant anyway,” said outgoing House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), one of the leading advocates of the revised Bill of Rights. “So goodbye to that one.”

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