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1: The Constitution
The Constitution Right from the beginning of it’s creation the constitution of the United States has been a shaky document. The very basis for it being there was in fact illegal. The story of American politics starts with the Declaration of Independence. This document was brilliantly ... written by Thomas Jefferson and compacted all of the great ideas of enlightenment into one short easy to read paper. The declaration stated all of the ideals the new American nation would strive for. A constitution was needed as a way in which to fulfill those goals. The articles of confederacy were created as that constitution. However, they were weak, because no state wanted to give away any of their ...
2: Jeffersonians Vs. Jacksonians
... would be a public-private partnership with both government and private investors. The Bank of the United States was to handle the government’s banking needs. Jefferson protested because this was not allowed by the Constitution. Hamilton opposed the view of Jefferson and stated that the Constitution’s writers could not have predicted the need of a bank for the United States. Hamilton said that the right to create the Bank of the United States was stated in the “elastic” or the “necessary and proper” clause in which the Constitution gave the government the power to pass laws that were necessary for the welfare of the nation. “ This began the argument between the “strict constructionists” (Jefferson) who believed in the strict interpretation of the ...
3: The Framing of the Constiution
The Framing of the Constiution "The Framers of the Constitution were great clockmakers in the science of statecraft, and they did, with admirable ingenuity, put together an intricate machine, which promised to run indefinitely, and tell the time of the centuries." This statement, made by James M. Beck , praises our founding fathers and their ideals. Today, however, Mr. Beck and the authors of the Constitution would be outraged with the status of our government, especially Congress. They would see how truly expanded our government has become over the last 200 years. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence had been adopted ... union. This one success was not enough to save the Articles. Another convention was called to correct the weaknesses but the decision was made to prepare an entirely new document which is known as the Constitution. The year was 1787, when a standstill was reached at the Constitutional Convention on the idea of representation. Delegates from states with small populations favored equal representation for every state. The larger populated states ...
4: The Constitution: Discord And Tension In 1850
The Constitution: Discord And Tension In 1850 When the Constitution of the United States was first created in 1787, its purpose was to unify our country. However, by 1850, the United States had become ‘source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the ... failure of the union it had created.’ What happened during the 63 years after it was first established to ‘contribute to the failure of the union it had created?’ One must look at what the Constitution promoted to make the country unified and what it did to make it disunified. Compromises such as 3/5, the Missouri, and the tariff of 1850 all helped to unify and shape our country. ...
5: State Constitutions In Colonial America
... got really angry when Britain stated trying to limit their power. (Alderman, 103) Finally, after a long series of events, the Americans con their independence from Britain in October 1781.(Hakim, 71) The United States constitution was written shortly after the United states switched to a bicameral system of government, and it expressed the powers of the central government. As a result of this Each of the states also needed to write constitutions of their own.(Alderman, 109) Each state has a constitution that sets forth the principles and framework of its government. Like the United states Constitution, each state constitution has a bill of rights.(World book, 347) A few states drew up constitutions before the United States Constitution was adopted, but only the one drawn up by Massachusetts is still ...
6: One Of The Six Basic Principles Of The Constitution: Federalism
One Of The Six Basic Principles Of The Constitution: Federalism One of the six basic principles of the Constitution is federalism. Federalism is a system of government in which power is shared by the national and state governments, which came into existence when the United States declared its independence in 1776. A federal system is different from a confederation, where states have most of the power, and it is different from a unitary system, where the central government is in charge. A written constitution divides the powers of the government on a territorial basis. The division is made between a central, or national, government and several regional or local governments. Each level of government has its own area ...
7: Federalist and Anti-Federalist Views
Federalist and Anti-Federalist Views When comparing and contrasting Anti-Federalist views on the ratification of the United States Constitution with those of the Federalists, one must also consider the inherent relationship that represents their respective views upon principles, problems and solutions, ultimately surmising which side best reflects or departs from the original principles set ... which each faction believing that its views are of primary integrity. The debate raged on between the Anti-Federalists and the Federalists as to what, if any, ratification should be implemented with regard to the Constitution. This period of discord lasted from the moment the first draft was written in 1787 until such ratification was imposed in 1789. Without question, this was a time of intense debate between the Anti-Federalists ... more so because the Anti-Federalists failed to substantially prove that small republics were better able to sustain individual liberties than were large republics. The Anti-Federalists were defiantly opposed to any ratification of the Constitution. Supporting this view were several different authors who composed stringent papers that reflected the Anti-Federalist belief; however, because of the intensity with which these papers were written, many of the writers opted to ...
8: The 26 Amendments of the US Constitution
The 26 Amendments of the US Constitution Amendment I (1791) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people ... than according to the rules of the common law. Amendment VIII (1791) Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Amendment IX (1791) The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Amendment X (1791) The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. Amendment XI (1798) The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to ...
9: Constitution 2
"Thank God it was ratified!" With the Constitution the elite society protected rights for every American that would secure and ensure our nation's existence for hundreds of years. Under the Articles of Confederation, the United States' government was in a state of ... system of government where liberty was so free that it hindered society. The decision to create a new system of government was in the best interest of all the people in America. In creating the Constitution there were many conflicting views of how the newly created government should function. Alexander Hamilton, wanted a strong central government in which a Senate and executive power were chosen for life by indirect election; therefore ... within the law. If there was not a law that stated that they could censor the press then it is illegal for them to do so. Mason and many other antifederalists were opposed to the Constitution because it allowed the importation of slaves for at least another twenty years. Without this clause in the Constitution it never would have been ratified because the South would not have voted for ratification ...
10: The Right to Privacy by Robert Bork.
... to Privacy by Robert Bork. Robert Bork's The Right of Privacy examined the landmark case Griswald v. Conneticut. Bork's "originalist" view proclaimed that Justice Douglas erroneously interpreted the right of privacy from the Constitution. The originalist view is that judges must strictly adhere to the language of the Constitution, thus people do not have a general right to privacy because it was never actually written into the Constitution. This view severely restricts judges in dealing with new issues that our forefathers could not have possibly envisioned. The inability of "originalist" to deal with modern and future problems displays a need for Supreme ...

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