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suston96 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 06:50 PM
Response to Reply #124
125. The Bill of Rights was an afterthought by Madison because......
....some of the states would not ratify the new Constitution without a Bill of Rights. Only 10 articles? No right to vote. No right to life. Many others.

Here is a real Declaration of Rights - adopted 8 years before in Massachusetts. http://www.mass.gov/legis/const.htm

It is the oldest living, working Constitution on the planet. Uh, it's been amended over 100 times. Now that is what you call a living, working Constitution.

For example, the very First Article:

Article I. All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.

Changed to:

Article CVI. Article I of Part the First of the Constitution is hereby annulled and the following is adopted:-

All people are born free and equal and have certain natural, essential and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness. Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed or national origin.

The US Bill of Rights was the source of many lawsuits starting in the mid 20th century when the "rights revolution" started, due to the vagueness of its language.

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