Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
A constitution is a plan that provides the rules for a government. It may be written or unwritten. Constitutions are incomplete. The individuals who came up with them cannot foresee every possible thing.
The US now has a two-term tradition for the presidency. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were not subject to these limitations, nor was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who entered into a fourth term as president. Amendment 22 changed our Constitution to allow our present two-term limit.
A constitution does not always reflect actual practice. Communist China has "Human Rights," but their citizens probably aren't even allowed to visit this web site. (A minor problem compared to the violation of human rights that routinely goes on there.) Hitler came up with his "Mein Kumph," but it was never added to the German constitution.
Main Purposes of a Constitution
A constitution is the framework for the government. A main body sets out a plan. They describe the relationship between National, State, and Local governments. A procedure for amending or changing the constitution is described. Our US Constitution is broken down into sections and articles.
More information about the US Constitution
at this site: Constitution
Highest Law, the Supreme Court
Other Types of Government
Trial and Judicial System Information
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Mr. Sedivy's History Classes
| Colorado History | American Government | Advanced Placement Modern European History | Rise of England | World History |
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