TheConstitution was signed at Independence Hall on September 17 in 1787; our copyof the Constitution, however, originates in Philadelphia within the NationalConstitution Center.
The Constitution is an inspiring bases of which its meanshave advanced for the greater good of the citizens of the American Republic,which has been stated in the Declaration of Independence since 1776. “A greatChief Justice once said, ‘the Declaration is the promise, the Constitution, itsfulfillment’,” and that couldn’t have been better put. To fully understand theConstitution and what it means in relation to contemporary problems, we shouldnever stray from the fact that its “self-evident truths” that states that allmen are “created equal”; that our freedom of rights that come from the “Laws ofNature’s God”; and the reason for government, especially the one that wasoriginally established from the Constitution, is “to secure these rights” for”we the people.
” Statedoriginally in the Constitution, our “life, liberty, and the pursuit ofhappiness” is secured by two structural ways which means that they are to becared for by a “careful division and enumeration of power,” and by thegovernment to care for and keep its “entities closest to us-the States”. TheDeclaration of Independence is about every “mans” unalienable rights that willbe made clear in the amendment (under the Bill of Rights) that will be assertedstrongly amongst other matters that brings forward the lack of the federalgovernments power to abide by the sensitive matters of a persons due process,religion, freedom of speech, and the right to own property and get involved inany sort of economic practice/activity. The Fourteenth Amendment, that had beenwritten up after the Civil War, focuses on the rights to protect “privileges orimmunities” and fact that “all man is to be treated equal” under law. Beforeour rights were actually our rights, theConstitution only mentioned the power to those who were in charge and made upthe policies of judgment (the legislative), to those who brought forth newideas and initiatives (the executive), and to those who resolved any problemsand help interoperate them (the judicial). Given the previous, modernphilosophies, the Founders of the Constitution knew that the only way to avoidtyranny was by making sure that no group, or one person, could possess overeveryone else, nor could they enforce or interpret the existing law.
TheConstitution separated power for a reason and the very words that come from theConstitution are to keep that way. In order to avoid the abuse of the politicalsystem, there have been limitations in a sense that the government has been”blended”. A law that doesn’t seem beneficial for the citizens can beoverruled, also known as vetoed, by the President, but his opinion can also beoverruled by what is known as a two-thirds majority vote from the Houses ofCongress. Tobe able to come up with a good “division of authority” relies strongly on the diversityand the health variation of the citizens of the United States.
People have cometo America from all over the world with different backgrounds, religion, race,and ways of owning land and making a living, so the goals for the future canalways be stated differently. One view is all we need to feel secure, andfederalism, “the reservation of power in the States,” can allow for variousapproaches to be tested without the imposition of personal views on others. TheConstitution sees a future where “all man” will come together and speak as oneif anything were to go wrong. For example, if our national security, or our interestof trade, were to be overruled by a foreign power, we have the right to cometogether and speak with one voice on the matter that pertains to our day-to-daygeneral well being and will not be overlooked, but will be heard. The powerthat has been divided between Federal and State governments has benefitted ourliberty greatly in a sense that the States have an incentive that allows themto check for federal abuse, and it can go the other way around as well. Ifwe were to ask Americans what the Constitution meant to them, we would hearanswers that people pull straight from the Bill of Rights, such as someone’sfreedom of speech, or their right to jury trials, or even their right to havefreedom from unreasonable searches. What people don’t realize is that the Billof Rights wasn’t apart of the original Constitution from 1787, and not becausethe document thought that these “rights” weren’t important, but because, asHamilton stated, “the Constitution is itself, in every rational sense, and toevery useful purpose, a bill of rights.
” Think of it this way, when Americansdo business with one another, they usually seal the deal with a handshake, butthe majority of the time, like good personal relationships, they believe that agood government is followed by a written down agreement after the handshakes.So after the Constitution had been put into effect in 1789, its signersfollowed up with the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights (though it doesnot have a title in the Constitution). Now, there are two things about the Billof Rights that today’s citizens may not understand. One is that the first tenamendments were emphasizing the “States” rights that pertained more to theminority. The Bill of rights put limitations on the new federal government, buthad no restrictions for the “States”. Like the Second Amendment, for example, and how it protectedthe local militias, and the majority of the other amendments protected thelocal juries.
If you read closely, you will see that the phrase “the people” wasstated the most in the majority of the amendments, showing true to the famouswords “We the People,” and stating again the fact of Constitutions main goal ofpopular sovereignty. Thesecond thing that people may not understand about the Bill of Rights is that itplayed a role in the lives of the citizens of America before the Civil War. Westarted to see change when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868.