The Structure and Philosophy of the Constitution of the United States

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The Structure and Philosophy of the Constitution of the United States The Constitution of the United States of America, formulated in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, shaped the way the government would divide it's powers in respect to the states and the people. The Constitution was conceived to establish a stronger federal government, as the predecessor to the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, weakened the role of a central government thereby making it difficult to enforce laws and taxes consistently throughout the existing states. The Constitution draws it's inspiration from a few different sources. One source in particular, the Magna Carta, issued in 1215, set the proverbial ball in motion that would help establish a government that recognized the rights of the people, and a representative body of government that would create and enforce laws rather than the arbitrary rule of a king. The Magna Carta acknowledged some of the basic human rights such as property rights, protection from over taxation, and the rights of due process. Essentially, the Magna Carta was the beginning stages for our modern democracy, a document that would start limiting the power of the king and expressing the freedom of men. The government is divided into three bodies within the Constitution: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branches. The first article in the Constitution focuses on the establishing of Congress, which immediately shows the authors' view on the significance of the representative side of government. Congress would compose of elected officials from all states, and have the power to propose and pass laws. The second article establishes the role of the President, making him Commander-in-Chief, but limiting most of his power with the caveat that most of his
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