The Basis of the Government - Commentary by Political
The Government is based on a few documents written hundreds of years ago.
The main three documents are the Declaration of Indepence, the
United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These
documents have decided how much power each brance of government have and
what they can do. They also decide who can be in power in these branches.
The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental
Congress on July 4, 1776. And has been celebrated as America's birthday
ever since. It may be the most important document in U.S. history. This
the document that declared the United States freedom from British rule.
states the reasons for the U.S. declaring their freedom and blamed the
British government for many abuses against the U.S. It also states basic
rights of the people and their ability to overthrow any government that
denies them their rights.
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The Constitution was written in 1787 when Alexander Hamilton brought
together a national convention to discuss the creation of a strong new
nation. The Constitution established a government that exercised rule
over all of it's people. The constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land
and can over rule any rules states have that contradict it.
The Make-up of the Constitution
The Constitution consists of a preable, 7 articles, and 26 amendments.
The preamble says why it was written. The seven articles lay out rules
3 brances have to follow, and how things must be done. The 26 amendments
are rights of the people of the United States.
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the Constitution or an Outline of the
Bill of Rights
The bill of rights is the first ten of twenty six amendments of the
Constitution. These are the basic rights of the people of the United State.
You can read the entire text of all
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