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The Bill of Rights Is it still Necessary On December 15 1791 precisely two hundred and eleven years ago the founding fathers of our great nation had completed a document that would protect and guarantee the rights of its citizens This masterpiece is still known as the Bill of Rights and is still the first ten amendments of our constitution in America This paper will examine if these rights are still necessary due to changing times First we will get familiar with the origins of the Bill of Rights and why it is essential for a government In the three and a half months during which the proposed amendments to the constitution were before Congress only seven or eight days were actually spent debating them On September 25 1789 final drafts of twelve amendments out of the many that had been suggested by Madison and others were passed by Congress and presented to the states for approval Two of the twelve were never ratified they would have limited the number of members of the House of Representatives and prevented Congress from raising its salaries without an election intervening On December 15 1791 when Virginia became the eleventh state to ratify them the other ten proposed amendments or additions to the Constitution became part of the Supreme law of the land The Bill of Rights as finally ratified was generally modeled after the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776 Its significant contribution was to put into writing as part of a constitution those protections against government encroachment that had often been assumed but not before so explicitly definedBenton 364 There are numerous amounts of reasons for needing the Bill of Rights Throughout history kings dictatorships and even some democratic governments have reduced or taken away peoples rights In many parts of the world today people cannot worship as they please
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