- The Bill of Rights is the most important part of the Constitution
- The Bill of Rights guarantees our freedom
- The Constitution is ancient and not applicable to the modern world
The Framers would vehemently disagree with the first myth. Viewing the Bill of Rights as the most important part of the Constitution would go against everything they believed. In fact, many of the framers opposed a Bill of Rights. Even those who supported a list of rights still believed the main body of the Constitution was the linchpin that protected liberty.
- They balanced power between the three branches
- They gave each branch robust checks on the other two.
- They gave the national government only enumerated powers, retaining all other power in the hands of the people or states.
- The members of each branch were chosen by a different method.
- Terms in office were staggered.
- They used the states as checks on the national government.
- Denied government the use of religion as a tool to govern.
Those who fought for a Bill of Rights weren't looking for a government guarantee of an itemized list of rights. Even anti-Federalists didn't believe rights came from government. These constitutional dissenters were demanding that government be restricted from interfering with their rights. They wanted it made crystal clear where the government dare not tread.
The Constitution and the Modern World
Besides, if we really need a change, we can amend it any time we want. After all, we’ve already revised it 27 times.