Two hundred and twenty-six years ago, on December 15, 1791 the legislature of the great state of Virginia approved ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States (which at the time was only two years old). Those first 10 amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights, was written to answer the critics of the new constitution who said the document didn’t protect individual liberties. In recent years progressive politicians have tried to weaken those rights.
Written by future president James Madison, originally there were 39 amendments proposed. The House approved seventeen of the amendments, the Senate twelve. Out of the twelve amendments submitted to the states only ten were approved and became the Bill of Rights (amendments 3-12 were approved).
Originally Madison wanted these rights added to the body of the constitution, but his fellow members of the house felt the Congress did not