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"Love is like a rose" - Barno


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what is a Constitution?
A constitution is a plan that provides the rules for a government. It may be written or unwritten. Constitutions are incomplete. The individuals who came up with them cannot foresee every possible thing.
The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. The first three Articles of the Constitution establish the rules and separate powers of the three branches of the federal government: a legislature, the bicameral Congress; an executive branch led by the President; and a federal judiciary headed by the Supreme Court. The last four Articles frame the principle of federalism. The Tenth Amendment confirms its federal characteristics.
The Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ratified by conventions in eleven states. It went into effect on March 4, 1789. The first ten constitutional amendments ratified by three-fourths of the states in 1791 are known as the Bill of Rights. The Constitution has been amended seventeen additional times (for a total of 27 amendments) and its principles are applied in courts of law by judicial review.
The Constitution guides American society in law and political culture. It is the oldest written national constitution in continuous use, and it influenced later international figures establishing national constitutions. Recent impulses for reform center on concerns for extending democracy and balancing the federal budget.
The US now has a two-term tradition for the presidency. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were not subject to these limitations, nor was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who entered into a fourth term as president. Amendment 22 changed our Constitution to allow our present two-term limit.
A constitution does not always reflect actual practice. Communist China has "Human Rights," but their citizens probably aren't even allowed to visit this web site. (A minor problem compared to the...


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