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DescriptionFactors contributing to the bill of rights
Bill Of Rights
In this paper it will be answering some questions people have been asking for many years now, how and why do amendments become part of the Constitution, what problems with the original document motivated the adoption of the Bill of Rights, what have been the effects of the Bill of Rights, what problems with the original document, or changes in society, led to later amendments, what have been the effects of these later amendments. Hopefully this paper will answer these questions and give you information and you will learn something that you did not know before this paper.
There were factors that contributed to the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1791. I. Many supporters of the new Constitution of the United States feared that the new national government might abuse its powers. II. Many people believed that there were fundamental rights that no government should abuse. Supporters of the Bill of Rights decided that some of those rights could be and should be, identified in a written document. The idea of expressing fundamental rights in a written document was familiar to Americans in 1791. III. Americans inherited a tradition of expressing and recording firm limits on government power growing out of the English struggles against their monarchs. That tradition was voiced in the laws and constitutions of the several states before 1791. www.legalexplorer.com/resources/database/PubPDFs/54-BILLRGHT.pdf
One of the most important features of the Constitution is that it can be altered, expanded or contracted without replacing the entire document, the mechanism for changing the Constitution the amendment process which is outlined in Article V. http://www.thisnation.com/textbook/constitution-amend.html.
The way amendments become part of the Constitution of the United States it is derived from Article V of the Constitution. First Congress proposes an amendment, the head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is charged with the responsibility for administering the ratification process under the provisions of 1 U.S.C. 106b. The Archivist have delegated many of the ministerial duties associated with this function tot eh Director of the Federal Register. The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. None of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have been proposed by constitutional convention. The congress proposes an amendment in the form of a joint resolution. The joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval since the President does not have a constitutional role. Then the original document is forwarded directly to the NARA’s Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for processing and ...
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