Running Head: The Role of the United States Constitution
Role of the United States Constitution
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Role of the US Constitution
Laws promote social justice, which leads to a society that runs efficiently (Cheeseman, 2007). Laws also shape morality and ethical standards, while providing rules of conduct, procedures to enforce those rules, and a way for settling disputes. Additionally, laws are in place to provide a basis for compromise, maximize individual freedom, facilitate planning and change, maintain the current state of affairs, and keeping the peace (Cheeseman, 2007).The US Constitution was written to separate the powers of the government. The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787 by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania” (Constitution, 2009). The United States Constitution, the supreme law of the land (Cheeseman, 2007), defines the law of the United States government by the established three branches of government: the Legislative branch (Senate and House of Representatives), which makes the laws; the Executive branch (President and 5,000,000 workers), which enforces the laws, and the Judicial branch (Supreme Court and lower courts), which interprets and validates the laws. All three parts of our federal government have their main headquarters in the city of Washington D.C. The original constitution granted only a few guarantees of rights to express. The federal government remained limited on its powers to safeguard liberty of the framers. They did not see a need to create a freedom of speech express right because it was assumed that legislation had no authority to encroach on speech rights. The Constitution consists of twenty-seven amendments. Twelve amendments were proposed after the constitution was ratified, ten were approved immediately and put into effect in 1791. Collectively called the Bill of Rights, today are still held as...