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What was the reason for the framers or founding fathers to make the US Constitution?


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2005-11-29 21:28:53
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There were several reasons, but primarily it was that The Articles of Confederation were ineffective and provided for no real central government. It was similar to a Mayor/Council city government in which the Mayor is the ranking member of the City Council, but has no real Mayoral authority. Many of the States ended up owing large amounts of money to the Confederation after the Revolutionary War, and during the war it was hard for the Confederation to enforce troop quotas from the States let alone get money from them. The government under The Articles of Confederation ran pretty much like it would today if the Congress (The Senate and House of Representatives) alone were the Government. I have read 'The Federalist Papers'(by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay under pseudonymns) twice, but if another perspective is desired, there is the counter-point in 'The Anti-Federalist Papers' as well. There was a lot of oppostion to a strong central government, and that's one of the reasons they made such a strong effort to ensure there were checks and balances on each branch of the government to prevent aristocratic and tyrannical forms from ascending to power. That is the reason The House of Representatives and one third of The Senate are elected (or re-elected) every two years, a President every four, and Supreme Court and other Federal Judges appointed for life on 'good behavior'. These are only a few, but 'The Federalist Papers' is a very good source of more information,reasoning and rationale. The copy I have includes The Declaration of Independance, The Articles of Confederation, and The Constitution with all the Amendements, and a comprehensive subject index.


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