June 8, 1789 — Today, President James Madison began the debate about incorporating amendments to the United States Constitution, initially introducing 38 ratifications.
He explained: “It appears to me that this House is bound by every motive of prudence, not to let the first session pass over without proposing to the State Legislatures some things to be incorporated into the constitution, that will render it as acceptable to the whole people of the United States, as it has been found acceptable to a majority of them.”
His initial attempt was unsuccessful, and it wasn’t until September of 1789 that 10 of Madison’s articles were approved. These amendments are known today as the Bill of Rights, and have remained central to the principles of the United States government.
Words of Wisdom for June 8, 2016
“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”
— Thomas Jefferson