October 10, 2012
Bill of Rights and Amendments Paper
The Constitution is the highest form of law in the United States. All other laws come from the Constitution in one way or another. The Constitution provides the foundation for the government of the United States. It creates the most important branches of government which include; Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. Even though each state has its own constitution that sits as the highest law for the state — the United States Constitutions over powers the state Constitutions, which is why the US Constitution is the highest form of law. Over time, a few things have been added to the Constitution through some form of interpretation. The important changes made are that we cherish and still abide by today are called amendments, which are unalienable rights that are given to the people. By listing these rights, they forever remain ours, and it is illegal for the government to violate those rights. As of 2006, there are 27 amendments to the Constitution. Not all of them have to do with rights, but many of them do. The first ten amendments, in particular, have the special name; known as the Bill of Rights. From May to September 1787, the men, known as the Framers, met in Philadelphia and discussed what should be written in the Constitution. The United States was a brand new country at the time, and its government was not taken seriously by other countries, so to change that, nobles and leaders got together and held a meeting to decide of a new way of running the country. Some of the people at this meeting, called the Convention, are famous to us today, including George Washington, James Madison and Ben Franklin. The men responsible for creating the famous document, also known as Framers, came from all over the country- which at that time was made up of only 13 states. All different states had different ideas of what the new government should...