Essay about The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

The freedom documents from early America were the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The U.S. Constitution was documented and presented in 1787 and finally ratified by all states, except Rhode Island, and put into effect as a suitable replacement of the Articles of Confederation in the year 1788. Since then, it has played a significant role in ensuring the security and integrity of the United States of America. It has been accepted as the highest law of the land that determines the enforcement of all other laws by the federal government. The constitution is important for a great number of reasons. Primarily because it was the document that founded our government, and it was the basis of what
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It clearly defines the duties and accountabilities of the legislative, executive, and the judicial bodies of the government. Not only does it define freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press, and petition, but also because it ensures the overall wellbeing of the citizens by limiting the powers of the government. Our constitutional rights and the bill of rights are very important. Without these rights, the United States would not be any different from other places of the world that do not have as many rights. Our rights secure our liberties and ensure justice for all. The most significant features of the U.S. Constitution are the establishment of the rule of law, the creation of a federal system with a supreme national government, the separation of governmental powers into three branches that check and balance each other, its flexibility and the establishment of a republican form of government. Over time, some things have been added to the Constitution. Called "amendments," these add-ons list some of the rights of the people. By listing these rights, they are made special, and it is illegal for the government to violate those rights. The Bills Of Rights were added to the U.S. Constitution in December 15, 1791. They consist of the basic 10 amendments; other amendments were added down the years. Not all of

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