The Constitution

A Living Document

The Constitution

The Constitution as we know it today first sprang into being September 17th, 1787. It was ratified June 21st, 1788. This document is what the United States knows as law, having been amended 27 times. The first ten amendments are called the Bill of Rights. Congress consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The House of Representatives is what has the power to impeach the entire current administration. It takes great courage to do this, which is why nobody has acted yet. Eventually, there will be an act done but the rest of us have to hang on for now. I’m writing this article because I want to go to law school, and, hopefully, somebody who can write a recommendation will find it.

The Constitution outlines the President as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. There is a requirement of the majority of Senators, such as 51, for a quorum.

Senators are supposed to be 35, or above. Each state has senate representatives given the population in that State. Amendments to the Constitution have looked out for the rights of women to vote, first ratified in 1920. Congress is responsible for collecting the taxes for the general welfare of the United States.

The three branches of the United States government are the legislative, executive, and judicial. For those of us who remember high school government class, these branches are Congress, Senate, and the House of Representatives underneath the legislative branch. The Executive branch, which helps enforce the laws, is made up of the President and the Vice President, and the Cabinet. The Judicial branch interprets the law and is made up of the Supreme Court, and other federal courts. The President is able to veto Congressional rulings while the Supreme Court Justices overturn unconstitutional laws.

Congress establishes the minor courts throughout the land. Each Amendment helps upgrade the Constitution. Each President chosen uses the Constitution as their guide to the law, not that our current administration is doing that. The United States has been a free country for two hundred and forty-three years.

The legislative branch is made up of the Senate with 100 Senators with a current Senate term being six years. The House of Representatives has 435 elected representatives, with divisions among the 50 states, which relates to the total population of all the states. A U.S. President is part of the Executive branch, which includes the President’s cabinet.

The Judicial branch is made up of the Supreme Court, which is made up of a Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices, requiring six Justices to decide a case. Each Article in the Constitution, which is a living document’s wording is about the branches of government with Article 1 being about Congress, the legislative branch, Article 2 being the executive branch, and Article 3 is the court system or the judicial branch. The Constitution is a living document that defines the law of the United States, a law binding every elected official.

The Constitution is also made up of the Bill of Rights, which documents the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. The Amendments will be something I will cover in later articles. The First Amendment, for example, is about Congress making no law that stops individual freedoms such as the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition the government should they fail at their responsibilities to safeguard these freedoms as outlined by our Constitution. Our government is supposed to be protecting our freedom of the press, for example, but the current executive branch criticizes the media a bit too much since he can’t take criticism leveled at him very well. It is the job of a politician to be able to handle the criticism. If he can’t take the heat, get out of the fire.

Works Cited

Constitution US



Whitehouse.Gov/The Constitution



Iria Vasquez-Paez
Iria Vasquez-Paez
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