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Protecting liberty means knowing your Bill of Rights

By: Janine Turner

Americans celebrated the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights last week. This document is the cornerstone of our individual freedoms.

The Bill of Rights was demanded by the Anti-Federalists, as a condition for their accepting the then-proposed Constitution. James Madison, however, believed no  such document was necessary because the Constitution nowhere denied such rights. Putting them on paper, Madison feared, would provide a pretext for their re-interpretation to limit individual freedom.

Though anxious to get the Constitution ratified, Madison promised they would be added to the Constitution as amendments, he drafted the Bill of Rights in 1789, and they were ratified by Congress and the states in 1791.

Living in a time when the Constitution is either ignored or mis-interpreted, we should thank the Anti-Federalist for their perseverance. The clash of the Federalist and Anti-Federalists led to guarantees of liberties that have been envied throughout the world for over two centuries.

Madison, ironically, believed, and rightly so, “Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire.” In this case, the clash of two factions produced an historic result.

The Bill of Rights, especially the First Amendment, is the most widely recognized…. Keep Reading this @ the washingtonexaminer.com

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