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Revolutionary Constitution

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Regalado 1 Sam Regalado Dr. Menard HIST 3809 12 December 2008 The Counter Revolutionary Constitution Few documents laying the foundations for government have withstood the test of time like the United States Constitution. For two-hundred and nineteen years, the Constitution has successfully governed the people of the United States of America. Today, the Constitution is revered by all Americans for protecting our rights; however, that was not always the case. In the aftermath of the American Revolution, the Constitution was drafted not only to set up government, but also to counter the radical ideals that the Revolution illuminated. In many ways, the Constitution limited the rights of Americans simply to keep them under control. The War for Independence produced many ideas that were revolutionary at the time, and the war itself was more for ideals than power. The Constitution had to protect these many ideas, while at the same time proving itself as a powerful form of government that could withstand the test of time. To do this, the Constitution had to be counter revolutionary to many of the ideals of the American Revolution. The Declaration of Independence stated many ideals that Americans felt at the time. In many ways, the declaration openly opposed all forms of powerful, central government. The Constitution, in maintaining order, counters the Declaration and tries to establish a powerful government. The U.S. Constitution launched a counter revolution that protected the ideas of the American Revolution while restricting the liberties of citizens and being the basis for the United States government.
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Regalado 2 Many of these liberties that the Constitution openly violated are dealt with in the Constitution. Many of the “unalienable rights” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence are left out of the Constitution though. For this reason alone, the Constitution is in many ways the opposite of what the Declaration of Independence fights for. To preserve these liberties, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution), were drafted. However, these were not added until after the Constitution was ratified. Therefore, they will not be taken into consideration when arguing whether the Constitution was counter revolutionary. Therefore, in relation to protecting unalienable rights prescribed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution does not protect these. Instead, the Constitution protects other rights through a new form of government, not through an idealistic revolution. This new form of government is based upon the laws written in the Constitution. Focusing more on creating an effective and efficient form of government, the founding fathers drafted the Constitution for a government more than for peoples’ rights. In doing so, they hoped that their new style of government would be effective enough to protect peoples’ liberties. In other words, they worked to form a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. These three phrases would protect the liberties stated in the Declaration of Independence while
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