"You say the little efforts that I make will do no good; that they never will prevail to tip the hovering scale where justice hangs in the balance. I don't think I ever thought they would. But I am prejudiced beyond debate in favor of my right to choose which side shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight."
- Bonaro Overstreet
The Constitution of the United States
Ratified in 1788, the Constitution is the supreme law for the United States of America. To help prevent tyranny the Founding Fathers crafted a form of government with separation of powers. The Federal level was broken into three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. The responsibilities and powers of the federal government were spelled out in this historic document.
The Preamble of the Constitution is: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
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