|The Magna Carta is presented to King John at Runnymede, June 15, 2015|
Colonists lived in America for 150 years as Englishmen with the rights, privileges, and liberty - even under the sovereign - as other Englishmen. When new rules were made for them, and they found they did not enjoy the same representation as their forebears across the pond, they reacted to the tyranny, and the revolution was begun.
Two decades later, the Constitution - an improvement on the Magna Carta as it guarantees the liberty of all citizens, not just feudal barons - was adopted. The checks and balances therein were acknowledgements by the founders that all governments, even duly elected ones, could become tyrannical over time.
We see this around the world all the time when despotic rulers tout their "free elections", with no constitution guaranteeing any real freedoms at all!
On this day, we should look to our Constitution's Ninth Amendment, and remember the "other" rights and the Magna Carta:
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."