The constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. It was created as a way of distributing power. The framers of the constitution feared the possibility of one person or group becoming too powerful. This is why the federal government was separated into three different branches these include; a legislature, a bicameral congress and the executive branch which is led by the president. The constitution is still an extremely important document and remains relevant to this day.
When discussing the constitution it is impossible to leave out John Locke. Although Locke died in 1704, which was over 80 years before the constitution was written, he had a profound impact on what the constitution would eventually become. The ideas of Locke were adopted by Thomas Jefferson who read many of the works of Locke. A belief of Locke was that all people were entitled to life, liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness. He also believed that if the government was to infringe on these rights it was the duty of the people to overthrow that government. Also it was believed that the government got its power from the people. John Locke was a major influence of the constitution and the people who wrote it..
Originally while drafting the constitution there were two plans. One was the Virginia plan which based representation in the federal government on population. Obviously this would be much better for the states with more people. The apposing plan was named the New Jersey plan. This plan would award each state equal representation and therefore would be helpful the states with much smaller populations. Eventually the constitutional convention would agree on something. This agreement is known as the Great Compromise. This settlement created a bicameral legislature. This bicameral legislature included the House Representatives which is based on population and the Senate which has an equal amount of representation to all states.
The Bill of Rights is essential to...
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