Constitution

Constitution of The United States of America

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Declaration of Independence

Considering the very important election happening this week in the United States, I want to choose the Constitution of the United States of America as my November Book of the Month. It is the document that serves as the foundation upon which our country was built and operates. (If you want to do more reading about the formation of America, I recommend the book 1776 by David McCullough.)

I have no intention of being political on my blog or to endorse a party or any candidates. However, I do want to ask my US readers to realize that they have the right and privilege to vote. I am thankful for the brave Americans who have shed their blood over the years and for those today that are defending our right to live in a land free from tyranny where we do have freedom of speech and the right to vote. My wife and I were blessed to have been born here and raise our children in this great country.

Summary

The preamble of the Constitution defines why the Constitution was written. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution defines the national frame of government. Its first three articles review the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches. Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended twenty-seven times to meet the changing needs of a nation now profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived. In general, the first ten amendments, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, offer specific protections of individual liberty and justice and place restrictions on the powers of government. The majority of the seventeen later amendments expand individual civil rights protections. Others address issues related to federal authority or modify government processes and procedures. The Constitution’s first three words—We the People—affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. For over two centuries, the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. It was the first constitution of its kind and has tremendously influenced the constitutions of other nations.

Authorship

Alexander Hamilton has been credited with the initial ideology expressed in the Constitution. James Madison was the main framer of the document with the influence of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Thomas Paine. During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, 55 delegates from the 13 newly Independent States discussed, disputed and voted for the final content in the Constitution.

God Bless America!

Ken

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