ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • North America Political & Social Issues

Why We Should be Thankful for the Bill of Rights

Updated on July 10, 2013

The Bill of Rights

When the idea of having a Bill of Rights was first discussed in congress, James Madison initially opposed the idea. He believed that having a Bill of Rights would restrict freedom rather than protect it since he assumed that all rights belong to the people in the first place. While Madison’s statement presents an optimal situation, a land so free that a document stating the rights of the people is unnecessary; it is also an idealistic approach. The Bill of Rights was created to more clearly define the rights of Americans, to protect the American people from statutes which would infringe upon certain basic freedoms.

Many of America’s early leaders feared a government that would impose religious persecution, deny the right to free-speech, or allow solders to quarter in families’ homes at will. They recognized that power corrupts and that strong efforts had to be put forth to prevent the eroding of rights associated with liberty and the pursuit of happiness of the American people. Without explicit statements defending those rights implanted deep into the constitution of the United States, they knew those rights would quickly fall away.

James Madison, founding father and primary author of the Bill of Rights.
James Madison, founding father and primary author of the Bill of Rights.

The Liberty we Enjoy

Today, over 200 years since the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the US constitution, our rights are, generally speaking, still preserved. We do not live in a perfect nation, for such is far from the case, but thanks to the efforts of the founding fathers to protect us, we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

Halfway across the world in countries like Libya, Syria, Jordan, and Yemen, people are being tortured, imprisoned, and even killed for protesting against their corrupt governments (AFP, 2001). Every day, Christians are persecuted for their beliefs in China, Egypt, Pakistan, and over forty other nations across the globe. In many other nations, ordinary citizens live in fear of being detained without cause or do not have the right to a trial by jury. Even in France, under a government that is considered “western” and “developed”, women are denied the right to wear a niqab, a face-covering veil which worn by many conservative Muslims (AFP, 2001).

Many Americans take it for granted, but the United States, in my opinion and based on my research, is the land with more liberty for its citizens than any other nation in the world. None of the infringed rights which were mentioned above are imposed in America. Christians are free to worship and assemble, Muslim woman are free to dress in their religious attire, and individuals can freely speak publicly, even though their speech be against a current political group or office.

Are you grateful?

Ironically, in the end, it was James Madison who formally introduced the Bill of Rights to congress and two years later it was ratified, making the first ten amendments to the constitution. We should be grateful for Madison’s initiative and the wisdom of the Founding Fathers. If you are an American, you should give thanks for the freedom to worship, for the freedom from fear of injustice, and for the freedom to express yourself.

Test your American History Knowledge

view quiz statistics

Explore More

If you enjoyed this hub, check out some of my other related works:

What's the Big Deal About Liberty?

Top Three Reasons to Get a Law Degree

Why Americans Should Care About Politics

Thanks for reading!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jason Matthews profile image
      Author

      Jason Matthews 7 years ago from North Carolina

      @ Wayne Brown: thanks for your feedback. I am glad there are others out there that recognize and are grateful for our freedoms.

      @ Mslizzee: To your point, it has been very frustrating being an American over the past couple of years. Our country has been so blessed and yet it feels like those blessings are being squandered daily by our leaders. I can never emphasize enough, however, that the path of this country is ultimately the responsibility of the people and that is why everyday Americans need to be aware and involved with our country's politics. Finally, I will close by saying that I am proud to be an American and I would not want to live anywhere else in the world.

    • mslizzee profile image

      elizabeth 7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I'm also thankful for our rights, but I'm afraid they are being dismissed by the current administration.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      As am I...thank you for voicing it! WB

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)