December 15 is Bill of Rights Day, Russia’s Sputnik.com reported Monday. It commemorates the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, adopted to allay anti-Federalist fears and to ostensibly guarantee individual rights off-limits to government abridgement.
The day, first proclaimed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 to commemorate the 1791 ratification, is receiving scant media attention. A Google News feed search at this writing places Sputnik International at the top of the list. Similarly, searches of major newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post have archives of past stories, but nothing listed under their respective “Today’s Paper” sections. A search for “Bill of Rights Day “ at The Los Angeles Times produces hits for employer healthcare quality control and internet porn, among other returns.
FK – Are we surprised? That holiday should be second in importance, right after April 19, the day they shot back, an effort that will eventually be required.