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Constitution of the United States

What is the difference between the Bill of Rights and the Constitution?

The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. The Constitution as it stood was a controversial document. During the Constitutional Convention in...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019 8:28 am UTC

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What role does the Constitution play in our society today?

The Constitution provides the fundamental architecture of the US Government. As such, it lies at the very center of the country's political traditions. However, at the same time, US political...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019 8:49 pm UTC

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How did the Constitution strengthen the national government?

The Constitution strengthened the national government by giving the national government specific powers. With the Constitution, Congress now had the power to tax and to regulate interstate...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 1:34 am UTC

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What are the main points of the US Constitution?

According to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), there are six main points of the US Constitution, referred to as the “Six Big Ideas.” They include the following. Popular...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020 2:59 pm UTC

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What are some examples of powers delegated to the federal government?

The Constitution grants certain powers only to the federal government. These powers are called the enumerated powers. Some powers are granted only to the state governments. These are called the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2015 3:53 am UTC

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Which of the six basic principles of the Constitution is the most important? 

The six foundational principles of the United States Constitution are generally held to be those of limited government, republicanism, federalism, a system of checks and balances, separation of...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2020 1:38 pm UTC

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

The key Founding Fathers, John Adams, James Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington believed it was necessary to write the constitution...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016 6:48 pm UTC

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How does the Constitution balance the conflict between liberty and order?

The expression of liberties and rights is the main way in which the Constitution creates a balance between liberty and conflict. There will inevitably be conflict between individuals attempting to...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 3:31 pm UTC

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What are some things that states cannot do under the Constitution?

In the Constitution, there are some powers that are granted only to the federal government. These powers are called the enumerated powers. There are some powers that are granted only to the state...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 6:10 pm UTC

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In what ways did the Constitution's Founding Fathers limit democracy?

The framers of the Constitution certainly placed limitations on the democratic process. While some of these limitations have been removed through the use of amendments, others remain in place to...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 4:56 am UTC

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What is the importance of the Sixth Amendment?  

The 6th Amendment, as with all amendments to the Constitution, is a way of protecting individuals against the violation of their inalienable rights by those in positions of authority. It also shows...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 10:50 am UTC

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Why did the Antifederalists dislike the new Constitution?

The Antifederalists disliked the new Constitution for several reasons. One concern of the Antifederalists was that the federal government would have too much power. They believed that the states...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017 3:29 pm UTC

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Why did the Framers include the Supremacy Clause in the Constitution?

In our Constitution, there is a supremacy clause. It states that the laws of the federal government take priority over the laws of the state governments. There was a reason for putting this clause...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 3:35 am UTC

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Identify some key characteristics of the U.S. Constitution.

The ideas and characteristics of the Constitution are largely derived from the Age of Enlightenment. Two important philosophers provided many of the ideas that made the Constitution unique from...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015 6:03 am UTC

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How is the Constitution still relevant today?

The Constitution is still relevant today because it establishes the governmental framework for the United States. The Constitution allows for three branches of government of equal power. Article I...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 9:46 pm UTC

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How Does The Constitution Reflect The Times In Which It Was Written

The U.S. Constitution reflects the United States of America at our founding, when there was no true model for such a document. The founders were not swayed by the organization of Britain or other...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2015 9:39 pm UTC

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What is required to convict a person of treason under the Constitution of the United States?

Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution sets a very high bar for convicting an American for treason. Also, like many aspects of the Constitution, there is debate among Constitutional scholars...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 4:39 pm UTC

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Why did the Constitution not include qualifications for members of Congress other than the ones stated below?...

The Framers of the Constitution did not include any other qualifications for membership in Congress because they wanted American politics and government to be as open as possible. The Framers...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 12:38 am UTC

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What was the main issue that led to the Great Compromise?

Debates over the structure and composition of the federal legislature led to the Great Compromise at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. When the delegates met and decided to get rid of the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 2:31 pm UTC

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How should we characterize the Constitution; is it a conservative, a liberal, or a radical document?

I agree that a characterization of the Constitution as liberal or conservative can be dependent on how one defines those terms. Additionally, these are not absolute terms, I would say, since what...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 1:59 am UTC

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Who Wrote The Constitution

James Madison has been denominated the Father of the U.S. Constitution; however this is because Madison was appointed by the Constitutional Convention as its recording secretary. His Notes on the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 5:59 pm UTC

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How is the Bill of Rights similar to the U.S Constitution?

These two documents are similar to one another mainly in the fact that both of them are concerned (at least in part) with creating a limited government. One of the major ideas of the founding...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2012 5:08 am UTC

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How does the United States Constitution organize the government?

The United States Constitution created a system of government that balanced power between the individual states and the federal (central) government. The Constitution also created three branches of...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 10:50 am UTC

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What was the goal of the Framers of the Constitution when they created a bicameral congress?  

One of the primary concerns of the framers was controlling the balance of power. This concern led to the creation of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. It also led to...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2015 12:04 am UTC

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Article I, Section 9 includes some of the basic civil liberty protections in the Constitution. What are they?

The Constitution is designed to protect citizens of the United States from abuses that were commonly suffered by people in European monarchies at the time of the nation's founding. Some of the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 12:49 pm UTC

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The Great Compromise was a compromise between which two plans?

The Great Compromise also known as the Connecticut Compromise was an agreement brokered in 1787 to guide the representation that the states would have in both the lower and upper houses. This...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2015 12:37 pm UTC

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What did the framers of the Constitution intend to achieve through the creation of federalism?  

The framers of the Constitution of the United States sought, through the establishment of a federal system of representative government, to ensure a central or federal government with enough power...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 1:00 am UTC

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Which system of government did the Constitution create in the United States?

In the United States, the Constitution created a federal system of government. The federal system is a decentralized one. It divides the power of governance between a federal government and various...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 8:55 pm UTC

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Discuss whether the United States  Constitution is a "flexible" document.

The Constitution is indeed a flexible document. One reason the Constitution is flexible is because the language of many clauses in the Constitution is vague, perhaps deliberately so. This has led...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013 3:41 am UTC

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Although many amendments have been proposed, only twenty-seven amendments have been added to the Constitution. Why...

While the United States does not have a provision for entrenched sections of its Constitution (in other words, sections which are not subject to amendment), the structural impediments to any...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 7:22 am UTC

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How does the U.S. Constitution implement separation of powers and checks and balances?

Separation of powers and checks and balances are two related, though somewhat different, aspects of the US system of government. They are among the most important things in the Constitution...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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At the Virginia Convention (1788), what were the primary arguments against the ratification of the Constitution...

At the heart of the anti-Federalists' case was a radical understanding of republican liberty. They believed that a republican system of government was best preserved and sustained in a relatively...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2017 1:10 pm UTC

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Why did North Carolina wait so long to ratify the US Constitution?

The main reason for this is that so many of the voters of North Carolina were Anti-Federalists. They did not trust the Constitution at first because they felt that it would give the federal...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2012 9:29 am UTC

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Is it possible for a serious third party to emerge in the United States, positioned ideologically between the...

The American two-party system has numerous advantages. When candidates are running for office, affiliation with a particular party provides voters with policy alternatives. The partisanship between...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 4:29 am UTC

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How does the Bill of Rights and the U.S. legal system protect personal freedom?

While I do not disagree with anything that is said in the previous answer, I think that there is something that should be added here. The first answer does an excellent job of laying out the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2013 9:16 pm UTC

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How did the Bill of Rights come to be included as the first amendments to the Constitution?

The Bill of Rights came to be included in the Constitution as a way to make people who leaned toward the Antifederalists more likely to accept the new Constitution. These people were worried about...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2012 8:34 pm UTC

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Identify two significant powers that are denied to Congress in the Constitution.

While it was evident that the framers of the Constitution wished to endow Congress with much in way of powers, I think that there were some significant powers that checks and balances enabled the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 10:42 am UTC

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Did the US Constitution live up to the ideas of the Declaration of Independence?

The question is fairly subjective, but one could easily answer in the affirmative. The Declaration of Independence was exactly that: a declaratory statement, including reasons and explanations,...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 1:51 am UTC

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Why do you think the Constitution did not include other qualifications for members of Congress?

The constitutional requirements for members of Congress are: Senators must be 30 years old, have been a citizen of the United States for nine years, and a resident of the state which they...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

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How did the Constitution empower the national government?

One of the chief complaints about the Articles of Confederation was the limitations of the document. The national government created by the Articles was too weak and left little power to the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 7:07 am UTC

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In what ways has the vagueness of the Constitution been helpful over time?

The Constitution of the United States is called a living document because it allows amendments (changes) to occur. The founding fathers were intentionally vague in areas of the Constitution,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2020 4:53 pm UTC

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How has the Constitution (including the bill of rights) made it possible for Americans to enjoy "life, liberty, and...

The Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights, contains specific provisions designed to protect individuals. The above answer notes that no bill of attainder can be passed; the same provision...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012 9:10 pm UTC

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What are some ways in which the United States Constitution limits democracy?

The Constitution today does not, for the most part, limit democracy. To the extent that it does limit democracy, it does so by reducing the degree of popular sovereignty enjoyed by the people....

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012 10:19 pm UTC

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Which of the following was not an issue concerning the ratification of the Constitution? a.Many smaller states were...

Of the options given here, B is the best answer. There would not have been any cause for anyone (in big states or small) to think that a Bill of Rights would give too much power to the federal...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012 2:47 am UTC

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Why did the founding fathers leave out religion in the US Constitution?

First of all, we should be clear that the Founding Fathers did not completely leave religion out of the Constitution. They stipulated that there should be no religious tests for holding office....

Latest answer posted November 23, 2012 7:54 pm UTC

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In what sense did the Constitution have fatal flaws with respect to states' rights?

Although the Constitution has obviously survived to the present day, we can argue that it had a fatal flaw with regard to states’ rights because it allowed the issue of slavery to lead to a...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012 12:00 am UTC

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Should the Constitution be interpreted strictly, so as to protect the right of the states to decide controversial...

I would come down on the side of interpreting the Constitution of the United States on the grounds of elastic adaptation to modern problems. To understand this, we need to think about anachronism....

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 5:48 pm UTC

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Is the United States Constitution still taught in US public schools?

This question seems most like an argumentative one with no definitive answer, so I will present to you both sides of the argument. One could certainly argue that the United States Constitution is...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019 11:54 am UTC

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Article 1 Section 8 Clause 3 of the constitution says: to regulate commerce with foreign nations, states and the...

This clause is the powerful Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution, perhaps the most broadly construed and broadly applied of any provision of the Constitution itself. It allows Congress to...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2012 1:01 pm UTC

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The Great Compromise was created in response to an argument about how to do what?

The Great Compromise (also known as the Connecticut Compromise) was created in response to an argument about how to apportion seats in the national legislature. This was an argument between the...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 9:17 pm UTC

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