United States Constitution Essay Topics

In What Way Is the Us Constitution Both Democratic and Undemocratic?

A constitutional democracy is a government based on written law. A constitutional system keeps the power of the government in check through fragmentation, decentralization of power, and appropriate checks and balances. The United States moved to a constitutional democracy after the Declaration of Independence in 1776 which separated the American colonies from control by England…. View Article

Louisiana Constitution and Systems of the State

The Louisiana Constitution in 1812 used the U.S. Constitution as a guideline to write its contents. After receiving authorization from the U.S. Congress the delegates developed the constitution and on January 22, 1812 the state first constitution was signed. The state’s current constitution was adopted by constitutional convention in 1974, ratified by the voters of… View Article

Civil Liberties, Habeas Corpus, and the War on Terror

Throughout history, the motivation of man’s self interest has concluded in the domination of those with little or no power in the absence of the rule of law. The war on terror presents an unpredictable challenge for the United States whereas terrorists are apprehended and deprived of due process. The right of Habeas corpus overrules… View Article

The Civil Rights Cases of 1883

This case involves the 13th amendment, the 14th amendment, and the Civil Rights Act of 1875 and whether the Federal Government can legally regulate the state laws pertaining to race, especially referring to African-Americans. The Facts of the Case At issue was the right of state government to make laws constricting African-Americans by segregating them… View Article

DBQ 1985

Many recognize that the Articles of the Confederation were a failure, and yes they did fail but they served when the United Stated readily called desperately for a structure and also they pointed out what we needed to put in the constitution. From 1781-1789 the Articles of the Confederation held the nation together but only… View Article

Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist

The development of the American Constitution was a battle between two opposing political philosophies during the late 1700’s. The Federalist and Anti-Federalist parties aroused at the formation and ratification of the Constitution. Both sides pointed out many arguments in order to find common ground in a governmental structure. The main conflict between the two parties… View Article

Government Branches

Which branch of government do you think is the most powerful and why? I believe the most powerful branch of government is the Legislative Branch, because of the power it processes to keep checks and balance on the other two branches of government. There are two different houses in the legislative branch, the first is… View Article

Grandparents Rights in Washington State

Until recently grandparent’s right were considered unconstitutional in many states, now most states have some form of grandparent’s rights. In Washington State it has been a struggle for many grandparents to even have limited visitation with their grandchildren. The 14th amendment of the constitution gives explicit rights to biological parents. For a court to force… View Article

Legal Rights Afforded to the Accused Kristian Addison

Despite the United States best efforts in preventing illegal immigration, there are those who manage to cross the border without any legal status, including a green card. Those who do manage to sneak into the United States unlawfully do not have many rights in comparison to actual US citizens. However, when it comes to encounters… View Article

Should Judges Be Appointed

Under Article II of the Constitution, the President has the power, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint Judges of the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life there for, each nomination to the Supreme Court has a long-lasting influence on the Courts decisions. Since the Supreme Court began in… View Article

Exclusionary Rule Pros and Cons

The reason we have rules in life are simple, to keep order when there is chaos and to guide our behavior in a way that is acceptable by society’s standards. The reason we have laws and procedures to carry out those laws are simple as well, to keep the government from infringing on its citizen’s… View Article

Top 10 Issues in America

One issue where the stakes are simply too high to ignore China is rising. America should look for cooperative mechanisms to advance its goals where possible but continue to press bilaterally with China and better deploy regional and international mechanisms where necessary. To be above china again America needs to restore financial stability. With U.S…. View Article

The United States Constitution; “A Living Document?”

The Constitution of the United States stands as a guarantor of liberties and a set of laws that limit the scope and power of our federal government, not a “living document” which is by definition fluid, ever changing and a guarantor of nothing. Our laws and the Constitution as well are changeable. This is a… View Article

United States vs. Leon 1984

Facts An informant told a police officer of Burbank, California, that Armando and Patsy Sanchez were selling drugs at their home and some at another location. Police then wanted to have an investigation on the two, since Sanchez had previously been in trouble with the law for marijuana use. Sanchez was thought to be was… View Article

Writ of Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus demands a court to a jailer to produce the prisoner and announce the charges (Levin-Waldman, 2012). Habeas Corpus is an ancient common law that applies to all Americans and anybody in the United States at the time of their arrest. It is a legal procedure that requires a person to be brought in… View Article

A Time of Change in the Market Revolution

1815 to 1860 was a crucial time for American commerce and urbanization that not only had strong economic influences, but also altered social and political perspectives. This time period, known as the Market Revolution, stemmed largely from the advancement in technology which led to transportation improvements and the building of railroads. Banks also contributed to… View Article

Allow Naturalized Citizens to Run for President

Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution states “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained… View Article

Americans with a Better Cause (Abc), a Nonprofit Organization

According with what we learned so far and the book, there are 4 sources of American law. The U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of the various states. Statutory law—including laws passed by Congress, state legislatures, or local governing bodies. Regulations created by administrative agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration. And finally, case law… View Article

Policy Analysis/Case Review

Abstract The U. S. Supreme Court Case of Mapp v. Ohio was a turning point in criminal justice. In this landmark case, Fourth Amendment protections were incorporated into the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This case, among others, evaluated the role of the Fourteenth Amendment and its application to the State judicial systems…. View Article

The Constitution and the Legislative Branch of Government

The Seventeenth Amendment in 1913 provided for the direct election of senators. Article I creates the legislative branch of government. Congress is a bicameral institution. The upper house is called the Senate in which each state receives two representatives, and the lower house is called the House of Representatives that is apportioned by population. The… View Article

The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson and four other writers. It was written in June 1776. The Second Continental Congress appointed these men to make a document declaring the colonies independent from Britain. They were first called the Articles of Confederation and after the Revolution, the document was questioned. With the questioning… View Article

Equal Rights Amendment

The idea for an equal rights amendment did not come about until the middle part of the twentieth century. An amendment was proposed after World War II in an attempt to gain equality between men and women. Often times, women were viewed as weaker and inferior to the male sex. Women’s rights groups were formed… View Article

Gun Laws

The Second Amendment in the United States Constitution gives people the right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment has been interpreted in many ways, and its limitations and what it controls have been questioned. The question that arises over and over again is that will stricter gun laws make the United States safer… View Article

Hart and Positivism

According to Hart law consists of primary and secondary rules. The primary rules are the rules that are “rules of obligation.” (Hart. Pg 204) This means that primary rules are rules that obligate a person to do something or to not do something. For example, the first Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an… View Article

The adoption of the Constitution

1. Describe the main debates that occurred in the adoption of the Constitution. Include the Federalist/Anti-Federalist positions, the Bill of Rights, compromises, and mechanisms designed to avoid tyranny. The Virginia Plan proposed the creation of a two-house legislature with a state’s population determining its representation in each. The New Jersey Plan called for a single-house… View Article

Living vs. Dead Constitution

The founders intended for the Constitution of the United States to be a document that would aid in protecting the rights of the American people while also developing a federal government. It is my opinion, Mr. President, that when choosing our next Supreme Court Justice that you choose a nominee that has a view of… View Article

Preamble: United States Constitution

The Preamble was placed in the Constitution more or less as an afterthought. It was not proposed or discussed on the floor of the Constitutional Convention. Rather, Gouverneur Morris, a delegate from Pennsylvania who as a member of the Committee of Style actually drafted the near-final text of the Constitution, composed it at the last… View Article

Proposal for a National Bank

Before Alexander’s proposal for a National Bank, the United States had no place where to store and save their money. The country didnt have a stable economy and needed improvemt in handling the financial business of the United States. By establishing a national bank, the country woould be able to establish financial order, clarity and… View Article

Rhetorical Analysis of Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address

Ethos – “Utterly, indeed, should I despair did not the presence of many whom I here see remind me that in the other high authorities provided by our Constitution I shall find resources of wisdom, of virtue, and of zeal on which to rely under all difficulties.” In this section Jefferson names the first official… View Article

Role of the United States Government

Introduction In the recent past, we cannot deny that the media industry has experienced monumental growth both in terms of revenues and global expansion. Like other businesses, such as banking and manufacturing, the media business has enjoyed globalized operations to expand and grow, becoming one of the biggest conglomerates in the world. World media has… View Article