““That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” ”
~ George Mason IV
Primary Author – Fairfax Resolves, Author – Bill of Rights Chapter N.S.D.A.R.
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
~ James Madison
Statesman, Diplomat, Expansionist, Philosopher, Founding Father of the United States, President of the United States (1809-1817), “Father of the Constitution”, Drafter – Constitution of the United States, Drafter – The Bill of Rights, Co-Author – The Federalist Papers, Co-Founder – Democratic-Republican Party, & United States Secretary of State (1801-1809)