The Constitution Of The United States

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The Constitution was signed over 200 years ago and it still stands as the single most important document in the history of the United States because it laid the groundwork for at the rights and liberties that we enjoy today. This document created a government comprised of three equal parts; the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial branch. This ensured that no one branch had more power than the others; a system of checks and balances with each having a specific role which collectively formed the laws we follow today, while at the same time setting limits for the government itself.
Prior to the Constitution being signed, the United States was a country comprised of thirteen colonies that were free to create their own laws under The Articles of Confederation but could not enforce those laws. That left people yearning for a more organized and accountable form of government. Just as in those times, people today want to know that they are guaranteed certain inevitable rights that will not be taken away.
The United States of America was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Although happiness is not guaranteed, we do have the freedom to live our lives freely and to go after what we feel is happiness as it relates to our lives. When our founding fathers met, they put together a paper that physically brought life to a new government. They all had varying thoughts and ideas of how this new government would operate. This created much
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