United States Constitution
States Constitution. When did you last read it?
How about the Declaration
of Independence, or the Bill
It's important that each citizen read, and reread, these important
documents. They are available to be read and understood by each of us.
The United States Constitution isn't complicated. We don't need others to tell us what our founding documents say
and mean. Too often other people let their own agenda and bias color their
The United States Constitution can be read and understood
of us, using common sense. A little knowledge of history
The United States Constitution and the other founding documents serve the people of the US in many
As a Constitutional Republic we look to these revered
documents to play two primary roles:
The United States Constitution stands as the supreme law of the US.
- No matter how momentarily
popular a proposed law or action, if it violates the supreme law, it is
- All proposed US, state, and local laws, ordinances, and official actions should be
measured against the founding documents by those considering
It limits the power of government.
- Most of the United States Constitution text is devoted to carefully defining the powers of government, and
the powers of those we choose to represent and lead us.
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Article one defines the powers of the legislative branch of government.
Article two defines the powers of the administrative branch.
Article three defines the powers of the judicial branch.
The original draft was amended by the Bill
of Rights. The Constitution was thought to be lacking in personal
freedom guarantees by a majority of citizens as it was originally
The first amendments were demanded by the people of several states
before they would vote to adopt it.
The Constitutional debate on whether it should be adopted as written, or amended and
changed also resulted in the Federalist
Papers being written and distributed publicly. These Papers offer interesting and important perspectives
The above Yale University website link also contains many other important historical
The Bill of Rights enumerates certain rights of the people, and
prohibits government from usurping those rights.
From the very beginning, a philosophical struggle
existed between those who advocated a strong central government (or even a
monarchy) and those who
opposed this "concentration of power" at the Federal level.
Today, some people advocate applying the
"spirit of the founding documents," rather than the literal meaning of
the words in the documents.
Others advocate that we adhere to the "letter of the
supreme law" and interpret the documents in strict accord with the written
It gets down to one fundamental question... Do the words really
mean what they say? What do you believe?
Our founding documents have served as the model
for a number of other countries' founding documents... with varying degrees
It seems that interest, involvement, and commitment
the part of the people governed by these documents are as important as the
For your convenience, here are the links again:..
States Constitution Text
And here's another interesting site:
The National Archives
website is a great place to explore
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