The US Constitution

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The new Constitution

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  • "I understand you want to know more about the debate over the Constitution.  Let me tell you."
  • "The government is divided into three branches: the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The legislative branch makes the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws, and the judicial branch interprets the laws."
  • "Some of the powers of each branch check the powers of another branch.  This keeps the branches balanced and prevents them from becoming too powerful.  This is called 'Checks and Balances'."
  • "The writers believe that there are too many individual rights to list in the Constitution.  Also, they don't believe that the document is not completely perfect and that it may need to be changed someday.  Therefore they have decided to make it so that the constitution can be amended in the future."
  • "The Federalists believe that the Constitution is ready and perfect as it is and is ready for ratification. The Antifederalists believe that the constitution needs more protection for individual people's rights written into the document before it is ready for ratification."
  • "What do you think? Be sure to let your representative know."
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