The Elastic Clause

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Ryan Sharp
Political Behavior, Per. 1
January 25, 2012
The Constitution

A constitution is defined as a basic set of laws and principles establishing a nation’s government. The Constitution of the United States was written by many well-respected men, included several of America’s founding fathers, such as George Washington, Roger Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison, Jr. According to Madison, the main function of the Constitution involves “helping government promote the public good.” Since constructed, the Constitution has been called a living document that remains flexible and allows the government to adapt to face new obstacles and changing times. A vital part of the Constitution displays the necessary and proper clause, better known as the Elastic Clause. This clause provides the main reason why the Constitution, laws, and institutions are adaptable in the United States. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The preamble to the Constitution prevails as one of the most important part of the historical document. It sets the general guidelines for how the American government should operate and stresses that US citizens are the governors of the nation and give officials the right to lead. The Constitution was guided into effect by several key political figures and documents, mainly the Federalist Papers, which grouped 85 newspaper articles in support of the Constitution written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, who named themselves Publius, in honor of a founder of the Roman Republic. The Constitution sets forth the powers that American citizens grant to the federal government. It also establishes rules that the government...
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