Essay on The Bill Of Rights By James Madison

1463 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
In the fifty first letter in the Federalist Papers, written by James Madison, it states, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” James Madison was the person that proposed the Bill of Rights, and this quote really shows why he did it. The Bill of Rights is there to protect the people from the government taking away their rights as humans. It is a way to keep the government in check and from turning tyrannical. As such, there is one amendment that stand above the rest in a general superiority sense and another that is the most interpretable of the lot. The Founding Fathers must have had a plan for the future when creating the amendments. These amendments need to be interpreted by modern society or else they would have possibly stayed lacking in what they needed since the Bill of Right’s inception.
If each amendment in the Bill of Rights were a weapon then the first amendment would be a great sword and the ninth would be a shield. The great sword is showy, big, and has a lot of people that use it. The shield is less popular and impossible to use as a weapon, however without the shield some grievous bodily harm could occur. With that in mind, out of all of the amendments the most important is the ninth. The ninth amendment basically says that these are just the rights they could think of right now, but they probably missed some, and even if they didn’t write…

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