It is EXTREMELY important not to minimalize the Amendments. At some point, we began to make concessions in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Amendments, weakening the entire document and eroding our rights. The 1st was attacked by politically correct morons, the 2nd was attacked by history-illiterate liberals, and the 4th was attacked by overbearing conservatives. Even if you disagree with the provisions, WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION via amendments. Until such things are passed, the Constitution and Bill of Rights should be heralded as the Ultimate Law of the Land, or we'll continue to have our rights eroded away!