Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

How did the U.S. Constitution....?

i need some key point/ideas on:

how the Constitution was a product of its time?

how the Constitution was made flexible enough to meet the challenges of the future?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Constitution was a product of its framers and those who fought against the British. The checks and balances and the ability to amend the Constitution were thought to be good enough to meet the challenges of the future. If the Constitution wasn't amended among other things women would have never had the right to vote, or 18 year olds for that manner. I found the following on a web site with some interesting info on states rights and the Constitution which might be helpful.

    So what did the founders say about the right of a state to declare its independence? Almost nothing. They were too afraid that if they settled that question for certain, the Constitution would not get ratified. So you had Anti-federalists (those opposed to the Constitution) telling people that, if they ratified, they could never leave the Union. And you had Federalists (supporters of the Constitution) telling people that, if they ratified, they could always leave the Union if they changed their minds later.

    Keep in mind, however, that the Constitution was ratified by "we, the people," not "we, the states," which suggests that sovereignty lies in the whole people of the United States, NOT in the people of an individual state. Remember, too, that the Constitution was intended "to create a more perfect union," not a less perfect union. The less perfect union that it sought to improve was the one created by the Articles of Confederation and PERPETUAL UNION." I emphasize "PERPETUAL UNION." If the Constitution was creating a "more perfect union," then, logically it could not have permitted a state to declare independence, given that the Articles--the less perfect union--had been "perpetual."

    If we debate the matter further, we come to the question of whether the states or the federal government came into existence first. Lincoln argued that the Continental Congress came into existence before the states, then gave the colonies the go-ahead to write their own state constitutions. That means that the people of the U.S. as a whole existed before the people of any individual state. It's a defensible position though not without flaws (no argument re the right of a state to secede or not secede was without flaws before the Civil War).

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    1 decade ago

    Well, one interesting point is that George Washington (as the delegate from Virginia) and whoever the delegate was from Massachusetts, refused to ratify it unless ALL the delegates agreed verbally that ANY state that wanted to withdraw from the Union was free to do so. They did, and the North Reneged on it 80 odd years later.

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