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Short Paper 3 Benjamin Fouse Govt 421 Professor Kobolt 09/19/2019
After breaking away from the British in 1783 the Founders, who were primarily concerned with creating a system that wouldn’t breed tyrants, created the Articles of Confederation. These Articles governed the thirteen colonies loosely, with almost no power of enforcement or means of uniting. These Articles proved too movable to realistically keep the colonies in check. Thus, the need for a stronger centralized government became both apparent and necessary. As a result in 1787 the founders gathered for what would be known as the first Constitutional Convention. There, they created the basis for the Constitution which governs the most successful nation on earth to this day. Main Principles The Constitution is unique in the fact that it laid the foundations of a country on principles of morality and ideas of freedom, supported by largely religious values. It is characterized by the principles of rights secured by limited government and separation of powers. Primarily the Founding Fathers were concerned with securing the people’s “God given rights” rights that they assumed to be “self-evident and inalienable” 1 . As such and to secure such, the Founding Fathers built a radical new system of government founded on pillars that would continually check the elected powers. 2 Rights Primarily America was built on the idea of rights. The rights of the people to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, in such a way as they see fit. A relatively new idea, rights were traditionally reserved for those of high socio-economic standing. However, after the hugely

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