Have you ever had trouble understanding the United States Bill of Rights? Have you ever wondered what was really meant by one or more of the ten amendments? Have you ever been unsure as to how these rights apply to modern society? Have you even questioned if the Bill of Rights should still be held as inviolable law, nearly 250 years after its writing?
Here's the truth: the Bill of Rights is not easy to understand if you just pick it up and give it a read. The eloquent style in which it's written can be confusing. The language can cause misunderstandings. There's a lot of legal terminology that's beyond most of us. Without an understanding of the historical background of certain amendments, it's impossible to fully understand their importance and scope. And to top it all off, there are countless politicians and pundits that try to interpret our rights for us and tell us what the Founders meant.
But are you comfortable letting crooked politicians decide what your rights are? Or would you rather know and be able to insist on, with certainty, the freedoms our Founders intended for you, your family, your friends, and your fellow Americans? If you're like millions of other Americans, you'll choose the latter.
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Better than the lessons taught in school!
I only have the audio edition, but with information as dense as the Bill of Rights it was nice to be "told a story" about them rather than having to read and re-read a print version, in my opinion.
The Founders, in general, were fascinating to learn more about. Choosing only one, however, James Madison was my favorite to learn about. In my experience, he does not get the spotlight nearly as much as Washington, Adams, or Jefferson, yet he was the one who created the foundation for the Bill of Rights.
I enjoyed the scene's labeled as the stories behind the amendments. While these aren't simply limited to a single scene, they provided a lot of rationale to the amendments and made them easier to digest. Further, they provided context, which makes it easier to apply to what we're seeing in modern day America.
Yes, but it was at the completion and subsequent restarting of the book. After listening to the book the first time and making my way back to the introduction again I felt as though I'd accomplished something. I'll admit that despite being relatively educated I had very little knowledge about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, or the founding of our country in general. I'd simply retained the amendments themselves on a purely superficial level with no understanding of the concepts, the context, and the rationale behind them, nor did I have any true understanding of the steps that led to their creation. Sadly, I believe that I'm in the majority here and not the minority. As a result, I believe that many of the arguments and frustrations that people are facing today can be solved by becoming better educated about the Bill of Rights, what it means, and just how much care was put into crafting them to best suit the needs of all citizens.
In short, read the book. I'd guess that I'm in the vast majority of people who, frankly, don't know enough about the Bill of Rights. Do yourself a favor and become educated - don't get your education from CNN, Fox, etc. Take a few hours to read/listen to this book. The information in this book will put you light years ahead of most other American's as it pertains to knowledge about where we've been, where we are, and where we could be going. Thanks, Sean.
- Mark Twain