The Bill of Rights: The Best Way to Limit the Power of the National Government

772 Words Feb 5th, 2018 3 Pages
In fact, in the original Constitution the Bill of Rights was specifically rejected by the Constitutional committee. The general feeling among committee members was that the provisions of the Bill of Rights were unnecessary in that protections were already in place. Fortunately, there was a vocal group of critics who argued that the Constitution was incomplete without human rights guarantees and James Madison, the principal architect was persuaded to draft what eventually became the Bill of Rights. The adoption of these ten amendments were important to the common citizenry as they clarify the various natural rights recognized by the Government such as the right to petition the government, the right to free speech, freedom of religion and the right to assembly. Without these guarantees being set forth in written form many of the Founding Fathers felt that the government would have the tendency to violate the rights of the people and that the Bill of Rights was the best way to limit the power of the national government. It is not by accident that five of the most basic rights guaranteed to every American are contained in the First Amendment. These five basic rights: the freedom of religion, the press, speech, right to assembly, and the right to petition provide the framework for American society's relationship with the government. It is the First Amendment that…
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