The Supreme Law Of The Land Essay

815 Words Feb 29th, 2016 4 Pages
The Supreme Law of the land in the United States The U.S. Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. “It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington.” (The U.S. Constitution, A&E Television Networks, 2016) Before the Constitution was created, the Articles of Confederation was the first governing document. The national government was weak and states functioned like independent countries and called for a plan for a stronger federal government. The Constitution was consisted of three branches, checks and balances system, and The Bill of Rights. This document is designed to protect our freedom by imposing laws on those who hold political power. Still to this day we still rely upon the Constitution to protect our freedom. Without no such law, citizens of the united states would constantly be under the threat of tyranny. In order to avoid the risk of dictatorship or tyranny, the Constitution was divided into three parts including the executive, legislative, and judicial. Each part consist of different roles to play in the new government. The executive branch is headed by the president whose job is to carry out new federal laws and to recommend new laws, direct national defense and foreign policy, and perform ceremonial duties. “Powers include directing government, commanding the Armed Forces, dealing with…

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