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Christiansen 1 Joshua Christiansen GOVT 421 – B02 Professor Kobolt Short Paper 3
Christiansen 2 Introduction to the Constitution The United States Constitution is the foundational document that lies at the core of America’s being. It is the reason why the experiment that is the United States of America has shown historical greatness and exclusivity as a model of an ideal democratic republic form of government. The creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution was one of the most significant moments in the history of Western civilization. But before there was the Constitution, and after the colonial revolution from the British in 1783, the founders were intent on making a government that would not allow for tyrannical rule, so they created and drafted the Articles of Confederation. The articles had almost no power, authority, or means of enforcement but were the law of the land for the thirteen colonies. Eventually these loose laws led to a gathering in 1787 called the Constitutional Convention where the founders created the Constitution as the new law of the land; they created a document that helped govern the growing and youthful nation. Main Principles of the Constitution The Constitution, as the foremost founding document of the United States of America, contained a plethora of principles on morality, individual rights, good governance, and checks and balances. The main principles of the document are the declaration of an American’s inherent rights, the idea of limited government or a government by the people and for the people, and the separation of powers through checks and balances. The crafters of the Constitution believed that in order to establish a country that would last, would be successful, and would allow freedom, they needed to enforce the ideas of individual rights and also construct a properly formed government. They built a new kind of government in order to secure the individual rights of the nations’ people.
Christiansen 3 Inherent Rights America’s founding had almost everything to do with rights. The first settlers, the first

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