It should be added that the Constitution, along with the Bill Of Rights, was meant to PROTECT rights and not grant them.
The Constitution " codifies " some natural rights that every person is born with . Our forfathers here naturally listed the most obvious of them , and at times not in the best language , but none the less the fact is that they explicitly stated that they recognised rights , not instilled them . As to Britain well when we had a little dust up with them in the late 1700s they were the " empire the sun never sets on " . Nowadays they are the empire the sun never rises on , and every bit of it happened in the last century . Nowadays england is a valued ally for us , but honestly i live in colorado and i could drive the length in less or at a similar time that it takes me to drive to brownsvill tx . ( remember , lots of good pubs , and the whole other side of the roads thing ... which i suspect the pubs would help with ) . No one can question that england and its folk once were great , I do question the pack of thieves they have handed power over to nowadays lol . Ill just say that the English have allways been " Subjects " with less recourse than us " Citizens " of the break away colonys .