Why was the Constitution written
The United States Constitution
The US constitution or the “supreme law” was created in the year 1787, on the 17th of September at Philadelphia and adopted by the Constitutional Convention at that time. It took almost two years for the Constitution to come into effect though, but it finally did on the 4th of March in 1789. So far, the United States Constitution has gone through twenty seven amendments (ten of which form the Bill of Rights). After the Tenth Amendment, it was confirmed that the Constitution of the US is indeed a Federal Constitution.
The first three Articles of the US Constitution deal with the directive rules and separation of power between the three branches of the government (Legislative, Executive and Judicial). The remaining four articles of the Constitution form the principle of the federal system of government. This is a Constitution that was the first of its kind back then as it incorporated in itself, some of the ideas and developments in the modern theory of Constitution at that time.
Why Was it Written?
The Constitution provides the United States with a framework that gives shape to the republican, federal government. It provides all governing authorities with a clear outline regarding the powers and limits of the three branches of the government and also does the same for the several states within the Union. An important aspect of the Constitution is that it provides its citizens with certain civil rights in writing, and these protections cannot be abridged under any circumstances.
The Constitution of the United States of America had to be written because of another reason also; a reason which is quite particular in this case. The US was originally a bunch of individual colonies that were separate and independent in every sense of it. There was once a body of Constitutional articles known as the Articles of Confederation which preceded the US Constitution, and they were devised to unite the colonies under one banner. The problem with the Articles of Confederation was that it failed to do exactly that. While the Articles were in effect, each of the states retained its own sovereignty and separation from each other; which of course, interfered with the notion of a united federal government. A united nation cannot have each of its states issuing its own currency and maintaining small armies of its own. It is for this objective of unifying the states under one flag that the US Constitution had to be written down. It was stated that the new written Constitution provided the opportunity to form “a more perfect union.”
In the general sense of the matter, a written constitution provides the leaders and the heads of the nation with a solid set of rules to fall back on when the situation demands it. A written constitution gives solid shape to a country’s system of government and its citizens would always have the right to utilize that same Constitution when they feel that they are being wronged. No one is above the Constitution and in its written form; it’s a live testament to that fact.