MyBillofRights.org Executive Director Chris Bliss
Everywhere I go in America these days, the people I talk with have two things in common: a profound love for our country, and an equally profound concern that we have lost our way. As we face the some of the most daunting challenges in generations, there’s also a renewed interest in seeking out common ground, and turning away from the divisiveness and polarization that have characterized our national conversation for too many years.
It is this heartfelt longing to rebuild that conversation on a foundation of mutual respect and shared purpose which is the inspiration behind MyBillofRights.org, the Bill of Rights Monument Project. Of all the writings of our founders, none embodies this spirit as clearly as the Bill of Rights. With the fate of the Constitution hanging in the balance, and indeed of the fledgling United States itself, the most brilliant minds of the day engaged in a heated debate. Their philosophical and political differences were easily as great as ours today, and the challenges facing them even more daunting. Yet all had the humility in their brilliance to recognize that no single person or group among them knew every answer or solution, and so they came together to form a consensus.
The result of this consensus, which rescued the Constitution and nation, was the Bill of Rights; a document so visionary that it remains today the most powerful and successful assertion of individual rights and liberties ever written.
As our nation stands at the crossroads, the Bill of Rights can be a shining beacon pointing the way to rebirth and renewal. Its freedoms and principles are not just the wellsprings of our laws and justice system; they are also the source of our prosperity, the core of our moral force and influence, and a major reason why America remains so necessary to a world mired in injustice, inequality, and the forces of oppression.
It is time for us to rediscover our own Bill of Rights and to elevate it to the position of public prominence it richly deserves, and in so doing to help replant the seeds of America’s greatness, so that the generations who follow can share in their bounty as we have.