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225th Anniversary of Bill of Rights Ratification

Dec 15, 2016 | Blog

Today is the 225th anniversary of a historic and pivotal moment for America. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified and became part of the U.S. Constitution. For over two centuries, the Bill of Rights has helped promote the stability and prosperity of our nation.

As America’s torch of liberty shines throughout the globe, the Bill of Rights is a reminder that our nation is exceptional. Over 225 years ago, the Founding Fathers set in motion a great experiment in democracy. They could not possibly know all of the potential consequences of their courage, or whether future generations would ultimately enjoy the fruits of the liberty they secured. But they did their best to ensure a more perfect union, and when they disagreed on how to do it, they crafted these pivotal amendments and reached a historic and lasting compromise.   

The Bill of Rights is not just a document we read about in our textbooks– it has tangible and direct impacts on the lives of all Americans. It has served as a vanguard of the Preamble’s mission to “establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

When I was sworn into office as a U.S. Senator and placed my hand on the Bible, I promised to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Unfortunately, too many in Washington have deviated from their oaths to protect it. Unelected bureaucrats and out-of-touch politicians have infringed on the Constitution by dramatically expanding the size and scope of the federal government far beyond the vision of the Founding Fathers. Some have even sought to roll back parts of the Bill of Rights they don’t like.

As we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, let us be thankful for the opportunities the Constitution has afforded us, and remember that our cherished freedoms came at a terribly high price. At times when our very existence was threatened by war at home and abroad, blood was shed and lives were lost. Around the world, millions have suffered and continue to suffer under the yoke of tyranny and oppression, as they fight to have the same liberties we often take for granted.