The Bill of Rights Broken-Down into Declaratory and Restrictive Clauses

The preamble to the document known as the Bill of Rights states that the sole purpose of the proposed amendments was to prevent the federal government from “misconstruing or abusing its powers.” To accomplish this, “further declaratory and restrictive clauses” were being recommended.

If the Amendments are broken-down into this declaratory and restrictive clause format, they read as follows: