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31: The US Constitution
The US Constitution The Unites States Constitution incorporates many significant figures. Three of these are: The Elastic clause, The Amendment Process, and the Electorial College To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. This is the elastic clause. It gives congress the right to do anything for the betterment of the American people. ...
32: Richard Nixon and the Notion of Presidential Power
Richard Nixon and the Notion of Presidential Power "Actions which otherwise would be unconstitutional, could become lawful if undertaken for the purpose of preserving the Constitution and the Nation." The idea that certain actions are not illegal if used to preserve the best interests of a nation has drawn sharp criticism from the time of Lincoln through today. Presidents of the United States do take a solemn oath in which they promise to “ . . . preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”, but the means which they have employed to accomplish these ends have greatly differed and have occasionally sparked great controversy. The unjustified means which Richard Nixon used to defend this nation and its Constitution have drawn a great deal of attack not only on his methods but also on the greater notion of Presidential power. Many Presidents have faced many different tumultuous challenges and obstacles which have posed ...
33: "Thank God it was ratified!"
"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 ...
34: Polygamy
... byway of instruction, (Joseph Smith, Contributor 5:259) 1849 Petition for the State of Deseret rejected by Congress, State boundaries were too large and most of that large area was unoccupied at that time. ("A Constitution for Utah", Stanley S. Ivins, Utah Historical Quarterly Volume 25 1957 p. 95.) 1850 Fall, A geographically smaller Territory of Utah was approved with Brigham Young as Territorial Governor. (Ivins, p. 95.) 1852 August 29 ... by leaders of the Mormon Church. President James Buchanan send a military escort to replace Brigham Young with Alfred Cummings. (Ivins, p.95.) 1862 Jan 20, In just 2 days the 3rd State of Deseret constitution was written as a bid for Statehood, in anticipation of the breaking up of the Union because of a possible civil war. (Ivins, p. 96.) 1862 March 3, An election in Utah ratified this 3rd ... was said that "the Nauvoo Expositor was holy writ compared [to (sp.)] the Salt Lake Tribune." (History of Utah, Vol. 2:380-1.) 1872 Territorial legislature call for the 4th convention to draft a new constitution. They elected one non-Mormon Senator and one non-Mormon Congressman, whom made an ardent plea for statehood, still it failed. The document contained a concession that years later was denied as an attempt ...
35: Hofstadter Chapter 1
By: Audrey Hofstadter Summary: “The Founding Fathers: The Age of Realism” Summary of Section: I The reasoning behind the Constitution of the United States is presented as “based upon the philosophy of Hobbes and the religion of Calvin. It assumes the natural state of mankind in a state of war, and that the carnal mind is at enmity with God.” Throughout, the struggle between democracy and tyranny is discussed as the Founding Fathers who envisioned the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787 believed not in total democracy, but instead saw common man as selfish and contemptuous, and therefore in need of a “a good political constitution to control him.” Being a largely propertied body, with the exception of William Few, who was the only one who could honestly be said to represent the majority yeoman farmer class, the highly privileged ...
36: Richard Henry Lee
Richard Henry Lee Before the Constitution of the United States was ratified, it had to go through a series of meetings and conferences to make sure that it was the right decision for the future of the United States and her people. We have all read and heard of famous names such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson who supported and signed the Constitution of the United States of America. We do not however usually hear of the names of those colonists who disliked the Constitution and did not support it. These were the Anti-federalists. One Anti-federalist was Richard Henry Lee. Lee was a large participant in the shaping of the United States’ government. He did not like ...
37: Federalism's Role In Our Government
Federalism's Role In Our Government Federalism has played a large role in our government since the time that the Constitution was ratified. It originally gave the majority of the power to the states. As time went on, the national government gained more and more power. It used the “necessary and proper” clause to validate its ... society. Hume was greatly influenced by John Locke and said that the concept of right and wrong is not rational but arises from a regard for one’s own happiness. Federalism was incorporated into the Constitution in order to make sure that the national government did not gain too much power. After the revolution, many people feared a monarchy or any form of government in which the central ruling body had ... more power, people are more likely to be content with their government. Federalist papers 45 and 46 are both arguments by James Madison as to why the people should not be afraid of the proposed Constitution and the powers it entailed regarding the national government. In paper 45, he shows that without the state legislatures a president cannot be elected. The same is true for the Senate and the House ...
38: The Presidencies of Jefferson and Madison
The Presidencies of Jefferson and Madison With respect to the federal constitution, the Jeffersonian Republicans are usually characterized as strict constructionists who were opposed to the broad constructionism of the Federalists. This characterization is inaccurate to a certain degree during the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison. Jefferson wrote to Gideon Granger (Republican) a future member of Jefferson’s cabinet that he was for independence of states rights and stated that there should be changes made in the constitution. He believed that the states should govern their own domestic policy but when foreign policy was involved, the federal government must make the most complete decision for the union. By presenting these ideas, it contradicts ... Samuel Miller a Presbyterian minister regarding Miller’s views on church and state. He made Miller aware of the practices of his predecessors and emphasized the fact that what they were doing was interpreting the constitution loosely, breaking what his party and the constitution stood for. Jefferson would not allow states to dictate religious policy to them because he felt that the constitution did not give him the authority to ...
39: The Nation Takes Shape
... The Nation Takes Shape In his book, The Nation Takes Shape, Marcus Cunliffe outlines what he calls a half a century of immense progress. He focuses in on the period of time from after the Constitution is drafted to the end of Andrew Jackson s presidency. (1789-1837). In his book he outlines the major events pertaining to the evolution of our newly independent country. He illustrates the steps that the ... more equal democracy. Cunliffe illustrates these points as the way, The Nation Takes Shape. Cunliff first talks about the origin and growth of partisan politics. In doing so, he outlines the process by which the constitution was to be interpreted by the American people. The vagueness of the document led to disputes between various factions of people who interpreted it in different ways. The initial split happened around 1790 when the ... given a twenty-two year charter. This struggle was caused by Thomas Jefferson (a democratic-republican), who believed in strict constructionism, and Alexander, Hamilton (a Federalist) who believed in loose constructionism. Jefferson said that the constitution did not give any provision for the US to have a bank because it was not spelled out in the constitution. But Hamilton using the premise of implied powers said it did because it ...
40: Constitutional Democracy
Constitutional Democracy The basic premise of a constitutional democracy is that government has rules and all of the people have voices. Through free and fair elections we elect candidates to represent us. The Constitution of the United States guarantees us the right to do this, and to live democratically. The framers attacked tyrannical government and advanced the following ideas: that government comes from below, not from above, and that ... within government, giving local powers to local governments, and general powers to the national government; that men are born equal and should be treated as equal before the law. The framers of the U. S. Constitution sought to make these ideas the governing principles of a nation. Constitutional democracy has three basic elements. Those being interacting values, interrelated political processes and interdependent political structures. The first idea of interacting values is ... Americans do not have the opportunity to fully exercise their liberty. Personal liberty is freedom. It means all persons must be given the opportunity to realize their own goals. It translates to self- determination. The Constitution states all people have the right to life, liberty and freedom. This is a bit idealistic because one person's liberty may infringe upon another person's freedom. Take abortion for example. Although it ...

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