When the Founding Father’s formed the American government, they were most concerned with ensuring our freedoms after having fought for them in the revolution. For this reason men such as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry insisted that there be a bill of rights formed for the Constitution.
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is a instrument for the people to restrain the government… – Patrick Henry
There are several freedoms protected by the bill of rights,
Freedom of conscience – In England the government declared the Anglican Church as the state religion. Our founders didn’t want the people forced to worship against their beliefs, that was why many came to this nation to begin with! This nation is formed of people of every race and creed, allowed to worship as they please as long as it doesn’t harm others.
Right to bear arms – “being the necessity to the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment is among the most important liberties we have. The Founders felt that a people without the means of the protecting themselves would be prey to all kinds of tyranny. It came from the understanding of the right to protect home and family.
Private property rights – It is among the most basic of liberties given to man, that one should be able to have dominion over that which one has bought or built with their own hands. This dates back to Biblical times, when God commanded his people to “take dominion over the earth.”
Freedom of Speech – Thomas Jefferson said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Our nation was distinct in it’s forming for allowing people the liberty to speak their mind, the first amendment protects this right.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson
Napoleon asked a Frenchmen what the Government in the United States is like, he replied, “It is neither seen nor felt.” Our government is set up to have minimum involvement in the day to day life of it’s citizens, despite the regular attempts by our politicians to broaden it’s scope. A system such as ours works based on the moral character of the average person. You can do almost anything you want to, as long as you stay within the bounds of the laws. Rather than the law tyrannizing, diminishing freedom, as in many countries, ours is limiting only to protect others.
We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments. – James Madison
Without freedom there can be no dream, there can be no better future, it is freedom that allows us to take the world we see and conform it to our will, as long as we do it without infringing the rights of others. The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”