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The U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution can be defined as, “A body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.” However, it is better to think of the purpose. The U.S. Constitution was created in order to get away from power in the hands of Kings and Queens and give the people power. It was written so things were more equal, especially compared to how they used to live. The constitution provided better regulations and laws for the people, making America a better place to live with standards that helped everyone have a chance at a free and fair life.


Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances are important because it makes sure that no one part of government has more power than another.  This idea is called separation of powers. Specifically, there are three branches of the federal government: The Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches. The Executive Branch includes the Office of the President and about 5,000,000 workers. The Legislative Branch is made up of the United States Congress known as the Senate and the House of Representatives. Finally, there is the Judicial Branch represented by the Supreme Court and Lower Courts.  These Branches rely on one another to make and pass bills which become laws. Laws are important because it keeps US Citizens safe and ensures our rights. Importantly, laws protect us against abuse by other people, by organizations, and by the government itself. Thankfully, the separation of powers, the governmental branches, and bills and laws keep our country and its citizens in order.

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"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties."

Abraham Lincoln, 1856


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