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What Do You Know About America's Constitution? (Part I)

Updated on January 7, 2012

A quick quiz on the American Constitution....

An informed citizenry is the best defense of liberty.
An informed citizenry is the best defense of liberty. | Source

What is the Constitution?

Any encyclopedia,or search on the worldwide Web, can bring up pages of details on America's "Constitution." All Americans would do well to read and study such information, for the Constitution is the most basic set of civil laws Americans are to live by. It defines all other civil laws in the sense that every other body of law in America is considered constitutional or unconstitutional based on the Supreme Court's interpretation of America's Constitution.

At the time of its signing on September 17, 1787, one of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention was confronted by a question as to why so many basic human rights were not included in the Constitution. Although many of those basic rights were later added as amendments to the Constitution, the delegate's reply was that "The greatest danger to a democracy would be to have too many laws!"

Today America's law books on the nation's laws fill whole libraries. Every year it seems that more laws are added, while few laws are abandoned, ignored, or overturned as unconstitutional.

In all of these years, and in all of these laws and changes to the laws, the Constitution survives as the keystone of America's judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government. and sets forth the basic qualities and functions of those branches. Without the Constitution and its provisions, America as we know it would never have existed for what is now more than two centuries.

The American Constitution, while signed in mid-September of 1787, was not in its present form until May of 1992! The reason is really quite simple, the Constitution contains its own provisions for being changed when there is sufficient agreement that a change is needed.

Here is a short quiz to test yourself on some basic provisions of the American Constitution: [See Part II of "What Do Your Know About America's Constitution?" for answers and a continuation of this examination of the Constitution.]

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Executive, Legislative, Judicial: which one carries the most clout today?

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Interesting read.Looking forward to Part2

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      Perspy,

      Your hub was interesting and worth the read. However, I believe our politicians are bending it every which way for their benifit, am I off base?

      Ronnie

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Like so many lawyers who end up making laws, they make them so they can attack or defend with equal opportunities for success. Not yet dictators, so only partially does the maxim apply which says "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." The longer one stays at any task, the more habit forming it becomes; both as to good habits and as to bad habits.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      Perspy,

      I know there are good and bad in every walk of life; William Proxmire was an excellent member of the senate, but most of his coworkers did not support him and his Golden Fleece Awards for compatriots throwing the peoples money away. Perhaps we can start anew with a clean slate and limit each political position with no more than two terms of service.

      Ronnie

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I am perplexed, I look forward to reading part II

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