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PAPERShort PaperGOVT 421 – D01 LUOSharon PettawayOctober 31, 2016
PAPER“The Constitution translates the principles of the Founding into a framework of limited republican government that remains central to the American way of life.”1It is the supreme law of the land. “Though written in a revolutionary age, it embraces ideas and principles developed through trial and error that grew out of our colonial experience.”2This wasn’t an idea that was new to the founding fathers. “Americans are the heirs of a constitutional tradition that was mature be the time of the national Constitution.”3As learned in the text and throughout history classes, this “constitutional theory and practice” had roots in not only English government, but also from the Greeks and Romans. American constitutionalism did differ and was “nevertheless distinct.”4Before the American constitutional government, “Americans were British subjectsliving under a constitutional monarchy.”5They studied much of the past in their efforts toform a strong system of government in which all the states could benefit and agree upon. “Leading Americans carefully studied the old Greek constitutions.”6Although not many leaders in America at the time were very influenced by the ancient Greek government, many of them did take away the fact that there were lots of flaws in it. Madison stated that it was “unfit for imitation.”71"Leadership for America," The Heritage Foundation, , accessed October 29, 2016, .

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