If you were to walk around your neighborhood, or even just stand outside the local grocery store, and poll people with this question: "What is the significance of the Bill of Rights?" how many would be able to answer the question?
Consider this explanation of why we have the Bill of Rights:
"During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a "bill of rights" that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.
On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution that met arguments most frequently advanced against it. The first two proposed amendments, which concerned the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified. Articles 3 to 12, however, ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights."
As we ponder this, we can come to an understanding that the Bill of Rights is definitely part of our Constitution. Yet most people don't connect the two documents. Both documents together not only spell out our basic human rights, but they detail with exactness the duties of the President of the United States, his restriction of power, and the duties and responsibilities of Congress with limitations to their power.
Every person who is of legal age to vote should KNOW what was in our founding documents. Some politicians don't think it's necessary for you to know – because if you know, then they can't convince you to vote for corrupt bills and laws under the guise of false promises. American Government should be a requirement for all students, yet it is an elective course in most public schools.
I felt it was essential to teach American Government to my children shortly before the last presidential election campaign. One evening, my son was watching the debates with us on television. As candidates began offering their speeches, he listened carefully to what they were promising the American people. My son stood up and shouted, "He CAN'T promise that – it's unconstitutional!" and my son was quite confident that people could not be so ignorant as to vote for someone who doesn't even know what our constitutional rights were. Yet people believed this candidate because they were unaware that Congress would never allow him to fulfill those promises. Not because Congress is mean, but because it's simply not permitted under our Constitution. Some time later, after this candidate was actually elected, my son's frustration grew as he watched speech after speech of blatent intent to take away our constitutional freedoms.
As we enter in to yet another election process, our Constitution is clearly hanging by a thread. Education is essential to making the right decisions when we vote. Not just for presidential candidates, but at the local and state level. American voters must understand what the rights of the President are, and the rights and responsibilities of Congress. Knowledge is freedom, ignorance binds us. Knowledge will help us to hold candidates accountable, ignorance will allow them to continue in corruption until we have nothing left.
Which do you want for your posterity? Freedom or bondage?