The Constitution of the United States
The United States Constitution is the law of the United States. It is the foundation of this country and the most important document in its history. It provides the guidelines for the government and citizens of the United States. The Constitution will unquestionably continue to carry us into the 22nd century, just as it has for over two hundred years. The principles of the Constitution remain strong to this day, especially with respect to our government and to the Bill of Rights. To terminate the Constitution will essentially serve to undo two hundred years of history. If anything were to be changed about the Constitution, it would be the expansion of its principles, such as the growth of individuals’ rights.
The Constitution is based on ideas from other important historical documents and events. It uses ideas from England’s Magna Carta, which proclaimed the rights of Englishmen, and from Enlightenment developer John Locke. The Constitution consists of a preamble followed by the seven articles and the twenty-seven amendments.
In the Constitution, the Amendments serve to define to the people of the United States the rights that they possess. In 1920, the 19th Amendment, which pertained to women’s suffrage, was passed. The 19th Amendment afforded women the right to vote. Along with this, they were also allowed to run for public office, such as state legislator and county clerk. This was an enormous achievement for women. Before the amendment was passed, women had very limited rights. For example, they were not allowed to vote and could not obtain certain jobs even if they were just as qualified as the men. Due to the passage of the 19th Amendment, women were allowed to take part in important decisions about the society they were living in. Women were able to excel in society and without this amendment the United States would not have encountered a situation currently ongoing. Hillary Clinton, a female senator, was a candidate for the Presidency just this past year. This was the first time in history in which a situation like this occurred. Subsequently, one of the Presidential candidates, John McCain, announced that his running mate for Vice President would be a woman, Sarah Palin. Yet again, this was a first time situation. These situations were all able to occur because nearly one hundred years ago women fought for their rights and 19th Amendment succeeded in being passed.
Women’s suffrage was not the only amendment that caused change and impacted today’s society. The 1st Amendment, passed in 1791, caused a great deal of change over the years. The 1st Amendment provided for the freedom of religion, press, to petition, and to assemble. Individuals from this point on would be able to freely exercise their beliefs through a variety of mediums. There were and now are more avenues available for individuals to get their word across. There are newspapers, magazines, billboards, and...