Bill of Rights Monument in Arizona

There is a nice story in the New York Times today about a new Bill of Rights monument in Arizona. The best part is that this monument was apparently spearheaded by comedian and juggler Chris Bliss (fantastic juggling video here). How often do you find virtuosic juggling and the Bill of Rights in a single front-page story?

My only quibble is that I have to wonder whether Bliss and/or Arizona realize that the Bill of Rights binds the federal government and does not apply, of its own force, to states. See Barron v. Baltimore; The Objects of the Constitution. If you’re going to build a monument like this in the shadow of a state capitol, perhaps you should also include the Fourteenth Amendment, which has, of course, been held to restrain state governments from violating (most of) the same rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights.