Constituion Essay

669 WordsFeb 8, 20123 Pages
The Constitution Our Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. The Constitution is the framework for the organization of the United States government and for the relationship of the federal government with the states, citizens and all people within the United States. The Constitution is said to have many flaws that many can argue are relevant. The fundamental flaw in our system is not the absence of a big political majority. The problem might be structural rather than political. The problem is the underlying document-our written Constitution. Changing the structure of our system is difficult and only made more so because of our flawed understanding of our own history, especially the origins of our founding document. The structure of our Constitution gives us profound insights about what the founders thought was important. Article I of the Constitution concerns the Legislative branch. Article II concerns the Executive branch. Article III concerns the judicial branch. The founders thought that the Legislative branch was going to be the great branch of government. They thought that the Executive had to be constrained and controlled; and they hardly gave any thought at all to the judicial branch. In so, structuring the Constitution they were suggesting how the government should work. The design of the Constitution was for a powerful Legislature and well controlled Executive and a weak court system. Article 2 from the readings states that the “ new government was to be limited in its powers, one way to keep it limited would be to create the three distinct and non-overlapping branches”. The framer’s established three branches of government so that nobody could become too powerful (because the branches would check and balance each other) and also so that the entirety of government was not in the hands of one person. The Framer’s made it possible for

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