Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Bill of Rights

Because our founders were suspicious of the power a Federal government might build, many would not sign the Constitution draft until a Bill of Rights was added. This bill mostly illuminated the limitations on the Federal government and outlined the rights of the individual. Some Founders thought this was unnecessary because the main Constitution only gave the Federal government certain powers in the first place, and the government had only those powers specifically granted in the Constitution.

The drafts of the Bill of Rights (which were the first 10 amendments) went through many revisions. Our Founders were educated and knew the importance of words. In my opinion, the order of the amendments may be important. The first of the amendments was about religion and free speech, with religion mentioned first. Considering that many of our Founders came here to avoid religious persecution (and control) by a central government, this is not surprising.

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