Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bill of Rights Day

http://image3.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID28739/images/resized_7339a143_d589_443b_a780_b7fdf58dc9d7.jpgToday (December 15) is the official Bill Of Rights Day. Many people are not aware of the holiday which was first observed in 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed December 15th as a “day to be remembered and observed by those institutions of a democratic people which owe their very existence to the guarantees of the Bill of Rights.”

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The Bill of Rights, which was ratified on December 15, 1791, includes the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. The amendments protect citizen’s rights to speak, worship, and assemble; to keep and bear arms; protects against quartering soldiers; protects against unreasonable search and seizure; avoid self incrimination; guarantees trial by jury and rights of the accused; assures jury trials in certain civil cases; prohibits excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment; protects other rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution; defaults government power to the states.

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