The Bill of Rights, otherwise called The First Ten amendments to the constitution of the United States, establishes the basic American Civil Rights which the Government cannot violate. The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, three years after the Constitution was ratified. The Bill of Rights includes a wide range of protections with a common theme and purpose—to define the scope of individual freedom in the United States and to make the political system more democratic. They are not the only rights contained in the Constitution. In other countries of the world, bill of rights has been used as a model for defining civil liberties.
As an American Citizen, the Bill ratified by the States by the end of 1791 gives me the Opportunity or better put, liberty to certain rights which are:
1. The Freedom of Expression-which is the freedom to speak my opinion as a citizen.
2. The right to be secure in my home against unreasonable searches and seizures.
3. Also the freedom of worship. I can’t be forced to worship anyone’s religion when I am not interested in it.
4. The right to a counsel and a speedy trial if and when I appear in court.
5. Under the Economic Bill of Rights, I am entitled to a good education.
All these rights are mine to enjoy and all citizens of the United States of America irrespective of race, creed and station. God Bless The United States of America!
Rosenman, S. (1950), The Public Papers and Address of Frank Roosevelt, Vol XIII (NY: Harper), 40-42