Free Speech

Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights on December 15

The Bill of Rights celebrates its 225th birthday on Thursday, December 15, and the principles it espouses are just as relevant today as they were when it was first conceived. The first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution form the core of the basic individual freedoms that Americans have come to take for granted. Encapsulated within them are a citizen’s right to speech, privacy, assembly and to live in a nation without a state-sponsored religion. The right to “a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury” as well as the right of the convicted not to endure “cruel and unusual punishment” are also guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

The very foundation of American federalism is a part of this document, as the Tenth Amendment could not be a clearer guarantor of state sovereignty.

The Powers not delegated to it by the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Happy birthday, Bill of Rights, and the people of the United States of America look forward to enjoying your timeless wisdom for many more years to come!


In Depth: Free Speech

Freedom of speech is paramount for the American system of government and American culture. Born from revolution, American society has been created, evolved and progressed based in part, on the First Amendment. More specifically, free speech allows individual’s to use their own voice to ensure “We the People” would control …

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