On November 27, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Proclamation 2524 – Bill of Rights Day
“…to issue a proclamation designating December 15, 1941, as Bill of Rights Day, calling upon officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on that day, and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and prayer.”
“The first ten amendments, the great American charter of personal liberty and human dignity, became a part of the Constitution of the United States on the fifteenth day of December, 1791.”
The very right we have to blog, publish our own newsletters and other periodicals, gather together for religious services, and many many other natural and civil rights were recognized by the passing of the Bill of Rights.
What is the Bill of Rights? Technically it’s just the collective name for the first ten amendments to the US Constitution. Written by James Madison, these amendments were written to calm several states concerned about constitutional protection for individual liberties. The Bill of Rights was written to specifically limit the powers of government. Madison was strongly impacted by the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason.
For more information and the full text of the Bill of Rights, go to Bill of Rights Institute.
High Schoolers can actually attend some pretty good leadership camps at Patrick Henry College. And of course schools like Patrick Henry College and Regent University are fantastic places to point yourself or your youth towards, if they want to go even farther in understanding not just the Bill of Rights, but the US Constitution, and all of what the Founders desired of our Constitutional Republic. Patrick Henry has majors in Government (American politics and policy, international politics and policy, or political theory), Strategic Intelligence in National Security, Economics & Business Analytics, Journalism, History, Literature, or Classical Liberal Arts. And Regent expands upon those, all the way up to a conservative law school.
Don’t know why I got on the marketing campaign for a pair of great schools. Oh well. Maybe someone is looking.
So today we celebrate the hard work of our Founding Fathers, creating for us the protections of our civil liberties.