The U.S. Constitution

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The constitution, as written, was intended to not only formulate a strong background for a system of government complete with checks and balances, so as not to have an overly powerful government, but with the inclusion of the Bill of Rights, it was also intended to protect the people from an overzealous government, something the people greatly feared immediately following the revolution and separation from mother England. Originally, under the Articles of Confederation, individual constituent rights were not protected but rather left to the discretion of the states themselves; and the articles simply explained interstate relations and the creation of a United States of America Congress; failing to address the need for a strong army as opposed to state militial forces as well as the need for a central government capable of taxing and resolving interstate disputes. Out of these needs and the qualms of the people the Constitution was created.

Most states however, refused to sign awaiting a bill of rights; the remaining few did on the assumed stipulation that a bill of rights would soon be added. It has been a topic of constant debate recently as to whether the individual states should establish personal protection laws for their particular constituents or if the Bill of Rights should continue to shield all persons of these United States from loss of personal rights. A uniform Bill of Rights as outlined in the Constitution of the United States of America is the only possible way to ensure that every citizen will have his/her rights guarded.

One of the most curious things about the United States of America is the diversity between persons of different states. The U.S. is very much what is pretends to be, a union of vastly different, somewhat independent sub-nations which govern certain aspects of...