The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution
LA City College
M-Th 7:15 PM
1)Identify three goals of the Declaration of Independence. Hint: the answer is not just life and the pursuit of happiness.
The Declaration of Independence Primarily was drafted by the founding fathers as a formal declaration to the Colonies as well as the British Monarchy that they were absolving, and becoming Free & Independent States. The Declaration of Independence also outlines the many injustices that the King of Great Britain had been doing such ad cutting off trade to other parts of the world, obstructing the administration of justice, forcing the colonies to quarter the King’s Armies, and imposing taxes on the Colonies without consent. The Declaration of Independence then goes on to state that the Colonies have the full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract Alliances, establish commerce, ad do all that an independent state would do.
2)Read the definition of democracy below and apply it to the Constitution. Then, try to find any undemocratic element in the Constitution.
Honestly I don’t see any elements to the Constitution in how it can be undemocratic, since each section is designed to uphold the principles of democracy. For example it sets up the government to be lead by the people for the people, by allowing the majority to rule over the sovereignty, at the same time protecting the minorities’ best interests.
3)What are the underlying ideals of the Preamble in the Constitution?
The underlying ideals of the Preamble are to create a just government, ensure peace by providing adequate defense which result in a healthy, free nation.
4)How well have we lived up to the ideals stated in the Preamble?
Thus far the people of our great nation have been living up to these ideals, as they are ideals that the people created for a government that not only is lead by but also leads the people. There have been politicians in Congress as well as the president that don’t act in accordance to the will of the people, however I feel as a whole the government is run in accordance to the will of the people.
5)What are the powers and rights granted in the Constitution to the President, Congress, and the Judiciary?
The Powers & Rights of Congress are to be direct representation of the people as being divided into the two houses (Senate & House of Representatives), which work not alone, but together (as a sort of watchdog). Congress is responsible for creating policies that affect the people, but always act in accordance with the people best interest. In doing so Congress can pass laws which are approved by the President, and if a bill is vetoed can then be passes into law if both houses have a 2/3’s majority vote, each. Congress also has the power to set taxes and tariffs, regulate commerce with foreign nations, create money and regulate its value, promote the progress of sciences and the arts, declare war, and create and support a military. The Powers & Rights of the President are to be the Commander & Chief of the US Military, grant reprieves and pardons; and with the advice and consent of congress create Treaties with other countries, appoint Ambassadors, Department Heads, Supreme Court Justices, and fill vacancies in the Senate which expire at the close of the session. The Powers & Rights of the Supreme Court are to decide on all arguments pertaining to interpretations of the US Constitution, lawsuits pertaining to Ambassadors, public ministers, consuls, or where a state is a party in the Case. The Supreme Court also is an appellate court for Federal Cases that have exhausted all other means, and are approved for review by a min of 4 of the Supreme Court Justices.
6)Some people argue that under the Constitution Indians were eliminated, blacks were subjugated and women were denied enfranchisement. Therefore, the Constitution is a national shame. Do you agree or disagree? Why...