The Bill of Rights is a legal document that reserves the rights of the citizens of the United States to liberty and property. It is made up of the first ten amendments of the constitution of the United States. These first ten amendments were introduced by James Madison at the first sitting of the first United States Congress in 1789. Whilst twelve were presented only ten were accepted at that time. One of the others was later adopted as the twenty-seventh amendment. The Bill of Rights is the an important symbol of the freedoms and the culture of the United States of America.
Why is the Bill of Rights so important?
Of all the amendments to the United States constitution, what makes these ten or the Bill of Rights so important? The Bill of Rights guarantees a number of personal freedoms for the citizens of the United States. These include such things as freedom of speech in the press, religion and lawful assemblies, the right to bear arms, the right to refuse military occupation of your home, protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to a fair and equitable trial, the right not to be tried twice for the same crime or to be forced to give self-incriminating evidence, the right to legal counsel if charged with a crime, the right to be tried by a jury in both criminal and civil cases, and the right to acceptable treatment in jail and to have bail posted. Many of the rights that are read to those charged with a crime are drawn directly from the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights also protects the freedom and liberties of the individual that are not explicitly set out by the Constitution. It recognises that other rights exist and should be upheld even if not specified by the Constitution.
The Bill of Rights also protects the rights of the state government to decide on legal and political matters without interference from the Federal Government. The Tenth amendment makes it clear that if a matter is not specifically given to the federal government by the Constitution it is the individual state or person’s right to assume power in this area.
The Bill of Rights is so important because it protects the basic rights of humans. It was put into place to protect the rights of the people so that government and government agencies cannot impose laws that restrict the freedoms and liberties of the people. The Bill of Rights ensures that all are given the right to conduct their lives in accordance with their own opinions and beliefs. It guards people against corrupt governments and regimes and ensures that all people are entitled to the same freedoms and rights regardless of age, race, sex or station.