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The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States.


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Edward H (45)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 3:38 pm
The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. It is the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the existence of the United States of America; the Federal Government of the United States; and all the State & local governments and Territorial Administrative bodies contained therein. It provides the framework for the organization of the United States Government. The document defines the three main branches of the government: The legislative branch with a bicameral Congress, an executive branch led by the President, and a judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court. Besides providing for the organization of these branches, the Constitution carefully outlines which powers each branch may exercise. It also reserves numerous rights for the individual states, thereby establishing the United States' federal system of government. It is the shortest and oldest written constitution of any major sovereign state.[1]

The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later ratified by conventions in each U.S. state in the name of "The People"; it has since been amended twenty-seven times, the first ten amendments being known as the Bill of Rights.[2][3] The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was actually the first constitution of the United States of America.[4] The U.S. Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation as the governing document for the United States after being ratified by nine states. The Constitution has a central place in United States law and political culture.[5] The handwritten, or "engrossed", original document penned by Jacob Shallus is on display at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

Edward H (45)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 3:39 pm
It says it all...

. (0)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 4:28 pm
Indeed it does, Edward. And we have, by and large, become a nation of cowards, both moral and physical. We've been blindly enjoying our "bread and circuses" for so damned long we didn't even notice that, bit by bit, Rome was burning....

My teabags are in the mail.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 5:33 pm
Perhaps we need to look at what it is that is being said, that we are in the throes of socialism? Of course some of that is true, but then we have been living in Socialism for many years. We don't use the same vocabulary, but when the taxes are used to support the wealthy and the corporations. So what shall we call it when the workers do not advance at even one tenth the rate of those they pay for, after thirty years of this one must expect a reversal of fortune. When those same corporations that are paid large subsidies look to the American worker with disdain and outsource the work for larger profits over the wellbeing of the nation, then those corporations must expect that given time Americans will turn against them. Obama was indeed elected on a platform of change, part of that change will be changing the abuse of the common man for too long under a system of taxation burdens and growth only for the about the top 10% of the entire country. From the day I heard the term "trickle down" I was insulted, not just for myself, but every man and woman in this country that was being told - "you're not important."

So not we are going through new growing pains, that of a country in serious financial trouble, caught up in failing and false economy structure. To believe this was caused by less then 8% of all mortgages in or near default, or that all of these people managed the greatest scam of all time, is simply foolish. It was a cooperative effort, certainly some of those people knew they could not afford the home they getting such a good deal on - but what of the bankers, the underwriters? Call it toxic assets, or just avarice and incompetence, either way the results are real and must be dealt with. Obama is not setting a new precedent, he is however, dealing with a massive default by corporations and an already excessively burdened budget. Sometimes big challenges require a new paradigm, and since little noise was made in the last 30 years of excessive spending with disregard for the imbalances of budgets, I will give the man a opportunity. Though I do wish we had a Congress with some courage to pass the Fair Tax so all of this experimentation could be readily paid for.
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