To what extent is the Constitution of the United States a ‘repressive’ Document?
The Constitution of the United States of America was the solution to fix the weaknesses that Articles of Confederation had caused the United States. The Constitution not only helped the United States gain more power but it also unified the states and creates a sense of nationalism. The Constitution eradicated any justification that the United States was weak and inferior. However, there are some constituents of the constitution that suggests that the constitution is not as honorable as it may seem. To what extent is the Constitution of the United States a “repressive” document? Certain aspects of the constitution exhibit how the authors of the constitution wanted to keep the wealthy to have high status and remain on top and the common folk far away from the top as possible with little to no status at all. By analyzing some amendments of the constitution, the evidence that the wealthy are retaining and hoarding power will become evident. There are various reasons why the constitution could be viewed as a repressive document. Of the many reasons, it supports the upper class and discourages the middle class at having any real voice. The constitution’s original objective was to resolve the conflicts that the Articles of Confederation had created. The intention of the Articles of Confederation was to assist the United States in initiating progression and to generate a strong and unified society. The constitution eventually solved the problems of the Articles of Confederation and accomplished its objectives. However, as a result of the constitution, a major segregation between classes was established for years to come. (Bjornlund 1999, 23) It’s difficult to grasp the idea that our founding fathers created a legal document that represents freedom and justice for their own economic self -interest. They have accomplished this by implementing laws to protect their equities against popularly controlled state governments that adopts laws that advocates for the interest of small farmers at the loss of the wealthy. (History in Dispute-American Revolution, 69) The Preamble, which allocates the purpose of the constitution, is placed at the beginning of the document. The three branches of government are then introduced and explained: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial branch. (Bjornlund 1999, 24) The constitution is the absolute law of the United States and it is used at the justification and reference to any legal body. (Amar2005, 32) The objective and the goal of the Constitution are to institute a formal government that creates a structure in which the government is based on. This structure will essentially explain the powers of the government and how the constitution will keep the United States in place, without corruption. To do this, limitations must be set for each branch. Immediately following the Preamble, Article One explains what the Legislative Branch is entitled to do, what powers it has, and what it is capable of doing. The legislative branch is made up of Congress; that is the senate and the House of Representatives. The senate has a term that lasts for six years; the candidates for senate are to be chosen by the state representatives. However, the House of Representatives has a term that only lasts for two years; they are chosen by popular vote. The senate and the House of Representatives create Bicameral Legislation. In order for one to be apart of the senate or the House of Representatives, one must own property. It then states that the objective of the legislative branch is to make laws that the United States needs at that point in time. In Section Seven of the first Article, it describes the long process of how a bill becomes a law in congress, and how the president plays quite a minor role in that process. (The Constitution Explained, 2010) “The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second...
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