In our day and age we tend to think that we have some sort of monopoly on short sighted politicians that believe that they are elected to represent a people who do not know what they want, or that can’t understand what is in their best interest. We complain about these leaders following their own agenda’s and their own interests, failing to necessarily represent the interest of those who elected them. Though this is not always the case with every elected official, it does seem to be a chief complaint we do have. Yet this isn’t reserved for our time. It has existed since the beginning of the Republic
Today, as we continue our ongoing series on the history of the Bill of Rights we continue with the Battle in Congress as men like James Madison, John Page and others seek to drag opponents to where they needed to be on the question now before them. With barriers in front of them, and powerful opponents rising to challenge them it would be apparent that it would not be a simple or an easy task. Facing off with differing agendas, and visions, with those arguing that there were more important matters before the House and that legislation would do as good of a job protecting the rights of the people as amendments to the Constitution, we see the arguments made by supporters and opponents to Madison’s effort.
Join host Wyatt McIntyre as he continues his journey deeper into the history of our great charter of individual rights, looking at the pure history behind this important declaration of our freedoms that was intended to guard our liberty, and see the battle within the government to see it fail even as soon as it was presented. A study into a contentious chapter in our history, it demonstrates why the lessons presented here are now as important as ever as we consider how and why it is necessary to elevate, entrench and protect our rights.