The history of the American government has been a real rollercoaster ride. And we’re not just talking about the most recent Presidental election. The United States began with the government in the hands of its citizens, and one monumental document started it all.

The Constitution is the backbone of the U.S.

Created by our forefathers to create a fair and fruitful government, the U.S. Constitution has quite a few moving parts.

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Checks and balances, various government branches, and governmental duties—just to name a few. But one change to this sacred text was the most influential, as far as the everyday citizen goes.

The Bill of Rights is pretty righteous

On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was officially added to the American Constitution. What does this mean exactly? Well, keeps us from becoming a tyranny essentially.

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The Bill of Rights contains the first ten amendments to the Constitution, which basically lay out our basic rights as citizens of this fine country.

Thank goodness for basic rights

The First Amendment begins strongly with freedom of religion, speech, and press. Phew. These are all very necessary things we take for granted every single day. This is followed by the right to bear arms, the housing of soldiers, as well as making illegal search and seizures a thing. Good stuff all around really.

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The Bill of Rights was ironically inspired by the English Bill of Rights. Not much of a surprise, but still a level of petty none the less. Would you expect anything less from our ancestors? I mean, they did also throw a bunch of tea into a certain harbor. Perfectly good tea. Just to make a very dramatic point.

God Bless America. The land of the free. And thankfully, a very useful Bill of Rights.