CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ANALYSIS, AND INTERPRETATION - CENTENNIAL EDITION - INTERIM

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The US constitution, the DNA for the federal government and the relationship of citizens to their government,  has been remarkable in providing a fairly stable framework to weather the past 225 years and achieve remarkable success in creating a government that has seen peaceful national elections and succession of political power. During this time the United States has become a global superpower and the standard of living of our citizens has been unprecedented. However, the current political environment highlights the shortcomings of the political system that has emerged in the twenty first century. The political process, defined by the constitution,  has been corrupted to the point that it is an existential threat to the US. Culture wars, congressional paralysis if not obstructionism, polarized electorate, global challenges, surveillance state, concern regard growing national debt, growing inequality, money’s impact on political election have all contributed to growing distrust of the federal government.   

 

More and more Americans have been questioning if our political system (Tax) is rigged. The raising inequality and polarization have been a source of great concern to the future of our nation. Americans are viewing their government as removed and not addressing their needs. The role of citizen, claimed by Judge Brandis to be “the most important public office in the country” has been relegated to consumers of increasing election cycle messaging aimed to potentiate “mutual animosities”. It can be different. The James Madison Projects is inspired by the belief that We the People Can do better. By focusing on the vision that animated our founders and has energized Americans to achieve greatness.

Our Vision

American society in which all Americans have access to achieving their full potential for happiness in a safe manner and the political and legal system in guided by the provisions of the US constitution. 

 

Our Mission 

To provide a framework for civic engagement based on an understanding of the US Constitution in order to  provide a political voice for Americans and continue to progress toward the vision of the founders of the United States and the citizens who established our nation. 

 

Our Rules

Civil and respectful discussions motivated by a desire to achieve a more perfect union. 

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Articles and Amendments are Linked to the US Constitution Center Website

 

Preamble


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.

 

Articles 

 

ARTICLE IV

States, Citizenship, New States

 

ARTICLE II

Executive Branch

ARTICLE V

Amendment Process

 

ARTICLE VI

Debts, Supremacy, Oaths, Religious Tests

 

ARTICLE VII

Ratification

 

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Articles and Amendments are Linked to the US Constitution Center Website\

 

The Bill of Rights  Amendments 1-10

Passed by Congress 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791.

 

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

 

Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

 

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

 

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

 

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

 

Amendments

First Amendment 

Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition

Fourth Amendment

Second Amendment

Fifth Amendment

Third Amendment

Sixth Amendment

Seventh Amendment

Eighth Amendement

Ninth Amendment

Tenth Amendment

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Articles and Amendments are Linked to the US Constitution Center Website

 

 

Amendments 11 to 27

 Amendment 11

Amendment  14

Amendment 12 

Amendment 15

Amendment  13

Amendment 16

Amendment 17

Amendment 18

 Amendment 19

Amendment  20

Amendment 23

Amendment 26

Amendment 21

Amendment 22

Amendment 24

Amendment 25

Amendment 27