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Why did the Founding Fathers believe it was necessary to have a constitution?

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candyco | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 16, 2012 at 5:50 AM via web

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Why did the Founding Fathers believe it was necessary to have a constitution?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 16, 2012 at 5:55 AM (Answer #1)

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The Founding Fathers thought that it was necessary to have a constitution because they believed in the idea of limited government.

The Founding Fathers believed that government should not be allowed to simply do whatever it wanted.  Such a government would be able to tyrannize its people.  With a constitution, by contrast, the powers of the government would be specified, as would the limits of those powers.  Because these limits would be written, they would be known by all and the people could prevent the government from exceeding them.

Written constitutions set out the limits on a government, which is why the Founders wanted to have one for the US.

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