The Rights Of The Citizens Of A Country

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A bill of rights is essentially a list of the most important rights to the citizens of a country. It is also known as a declaration of rights, or in some countries it is a charter of rights. The main purpose is that it cannot be modified or repealed by a country’s legislature through normal precedent, thus it protects the rights of man against transgression from public officials and private citizens. All countries with legal and political systems have some sort of legal protection system that protects the values and freedoms that they think are important. While it is there to list and protect the rights of man, it is also in play to limit the power of the government, and to declare things Congress shall never do. These limitations serve to protect freedoms of religion and speech, a free press, free assembly, and free association, and the right to keep and bear arms. The U.S Bill of Rights is a document that officially became part of the constitution in 1791, consisting of the Constitution’s first ten amendments. It is the embodiment of the one true revolutionary idea in all history, and played a major role in laying the framework for rights as citizens of America. It was written by James Madison in response to the need of greater constitutional protection of individual liberties. According to constitutionfacts.com, Madison was influenced by “George Mason 's 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, works of the Age of Enlightenment pertaining to
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