Bill, you're quite right. Those words are not used in the B of R
itself. However, since the government serves only with the consent of
the majority (or, at least, a plurality), it is understood that it
represents the majority. Consequently, texts and journal articles on
this subject often capsulize the purpose and meaning of the B of R by
the "...tyranny of the majority." phrase which I used. I will write
you privately on this subject.
Bill Turner wrote:
>On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 19:52:04 -0400, Joe Giacobello <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>That higher authority is called the Bill of Rights, the first
>>ten amendments to the Constitution. Its specified purpose
>>was the protection of the minority from the tyranny of the majority.
>There is no such thing specified in the Bill of Rights. I just
>downloaded the BOR from http://memory.loc.gov/const/bor.html and did a
>search for both "majority" and "minority". Neither word appears in
>In fact, most of the ten amendments protect the people (the vast
>majority) from tyranny by government officials (the tiny minority)
> - just the opposite of what you state.
>I think we've reached the point where emotions have outpaced logic.
>Maybe it's time to give it a rest. All those in favor, raise a tower.