Why Was the Constitution Written?

The United States Constitution was first written in 1787 to provide a framework for government and state power. The Articles of Confederation had been in effect since 1781 and had created a weak national government. The aim of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to create a stronger national government, rooted in the rights of the individual that had been won in the Revolutionary War. The document was ratified by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The Articles of Confederation had required a majority of the states to approve the federal government’s power. This meant that if a state objected to the new constitution, it would have to ratify it. Because this meant unanimity, the Articles of Confederation were a flawed document. It was only after a bitter struggle in the state convention that the document was ratified.

The Constitution is not perfect, but it is our ultimate law. There are many important aspects to the document. The Constitution outlines the powers of the Executive and the Judicial branches, and describes the structure of the judiciary. It also outlines the process for removing the president and other federal officials. The president can veto specific legislative acts, but Congress can override that veto with a two-thirds majority of both houses. The Senate advises the executive and judicial branches and consents to treaties.

A written constitution is not a natural thing. It is a man-made document, written by a council and enforced by a constituent assembly. It was drafted in book form or a documental series, after extensive discussions and debates. Many countries have constitutions, including the United States of America, China, Japan, and many others. The Constitution has been a constant source of pride for Americans. But we cannot forget that our Constitution is not natural.