FC: Rights Brought to Light By Will Gallman
1: Rights Brought to Life by Will Gallman
2: It has been a long trip for William Charles, who left London, England weeks ago to see the New World for the first time. Once William arrived in Pennsylvania he checked in to the River Inn for the night. After William got settled in to his room and took a nice nap he went down stairs for dinner.
4: The Inn restaurant was so crowded that there was not a place to sit except for the table in the corner. There was one man sitting at the table, but the man was fine with William sitting with him.
5: William could tell that the man had something on his mind, so he asked the man what is your name and what is bothering you.
6: The man said my name is George Washington, and I have just got back from trying to establish amendments for the Bill of Rights.
8: William asked George, what exactly is the Bill of Rights? George answered and said the Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments of the US Constitution.
10: William asked if he could maybe help come up with some amendments. George said sure, what do you know that might help everyone. William asked well what do you already have down and we can go from there.
12: George told him that they had taken the advice from John Locke who said “a governments power comes from the consent of the people” and made the first line “We the people of the United States” which limits governments power. George said that we have also listened to Montesquieu's idea of separation of powers, which created the Federal System of government in which powers are divided among the three branches.
14: This also represents checks and balances because they check to make sure one branch does not have more power than any other branch.
15: George said the final one we have come up with is when Rousseau said there should be direct democracy which led us to say we should have a public election of the president and congress.
16: William tells George, let me think about it and we will discuss it over breakfast. William went up to his room to go to bed. At 6:30 am William arose and headed down for breakfast. William rounded the corner and there was George sitting in exactly the same place. William reported to George that there once was a guy named Voltaire who said you should have freedom of speech and religion.
18: William told George that these same Enlightenment ideas helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence.
19: William told George he remembered his father visiting Paris and being invited to a salon and speaking with the Philosopher Voltaire who was a great defender of liberty. Along with our thinking our artistic styles have even changed from baroque to neoclassical, William said. All of this addresses that the Europeans have gone through many changes due to the many thoughts and opinions people have had.
20: The US Constitution was later signed on September 17, 1787.