Today is Bill of Rights Day. The Bill of Rights is one of the three foundational documents for the United States with the other two documents being the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. All three documents are displayed and protected at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. David Plazas wrote the following about Bill of Rights Day.
Eight days after Pearl Harbor, President
Roosevelt signed a Joint Congressional Resolution named Dec. 15 Bill of Rights
Day, to remind U.S. citizens as to the reason America as a democratic country
would engage in a world struggle to fight against totalitarianism.
For more than two centuries, the Bill of
Rights has shaped and been shaped by what it means to be American. The 484
words of the “Bill of Rights” protect our most cherished American freedoms.
The Constitution was officially ratified
June 21, 1788, without a Bill of Rights. During the ratification process that
absence emerged as a central part of the ratification debates. Several states
ratified the Constitution on the condition that a Bill of Rights would be
The states, seeking a Bill of Rights, by
amending the Constitution, “expressed a desire, in order to prevent
misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and
restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public
confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its
By Dec. 15, 1791, Articles 3 to 12, were
ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, and these constituted the
first ten amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights protects many of
the freedoms that Americans hold dear. The First and Second Amendments protects
freedoms that are currently under assault from the communists currently
controlling the government. The First Amendment protects freedom of religion,
freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peaceably assemble, and the
right to petition the government for redress of wrongs. The Second Amendment
protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Without those two amendments,
all Americans freedoms could be lost.