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I didn't know it was today, until they said it on Pulse (the school announcement) and the social studies teacher read the Preamble. I thought, "Gah! Should have worn my Revolutionary soldier Life Is Good shirt today."

Constitution of the United States

Adopted by convention of States, September 17, 1787;
Ratification completed, June 21, 17881
(Current Through 1995)

Table of Contents

Preamble | Article I | Article II | Article III
Article IV | Article V | Article VI | Article VII | Amendments
Amendments Never Ratified


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

ARTICLE I: The Legislative Branch

Section 1: "All legislative Powers herein granted..."
Section 2: "The House of Representatives shall be composed..."
Section 3: "The Senate of the United States shall be composed..."
Section 4: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections..."
Section 5: "Each House shall be the Judge..."
Section 6: "The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation..."
Section 7: "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate..."
Section 8: "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes..."
Section 9: "The Migration or Importation of such Persons..."
Section 10: "No State shall enter into any Treaty..."

ARTICLE II: The Executive Branch

Section 1: "The executive Power shall be vested in a President..."
Section 2: "The President shall be Commander in Chief..."
Section 3: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information..."
Section 4: "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States..."

ARTICLE III: The Judicial Branch

Section 1: "The judicial Power of the United States..."
Section 2: "The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases..."
Section 3: "Treason against the United States..."

ARTICLE IV: Relations Between the States

Section 1: "Full Faith and Credit shall be given..."
Section 2: "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities..."
Section 3: "New States may be admitted by the Congress..."
Section 4: "The United States shall guarantee to every State..."

ARTICLE V: The Amendment Process

ARTICLE VI: General Provisions, Supremacy of the Constitution

ARTICLE VII: Ratification Process


The Bill of Rights

Amendment I: Freedom of speech, religion, press, petition and assembly.

Amendment II: Right to bear arms and militia.

Amendment III: Quartering of soldiers.

Amendment IV: Warrants and searches.

Amendment V: Individual debt and double jeopardy.

Amendment VI: Speedy trial, witnesses and accusations.

Amendment VII: Right for a jury trial.

Amendment VIII: Bail and fines.

Amendment IX: Existence of other rights for the people.

Amendment X: Power reserved to the states and people.

End of The Bill of Rights

Amendment XI: Suits against states.

Amendment XII: Election of executive branch.

Amendment XIII: Prohibition of slavery.

Section 1: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude..."
Section 2: "Congress shall have power to enforce..."

Amendment XIV: Privileges or immunities, due process, elections and debt.

Section 1: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States..."
Section 2: "Representatives shall be apportioned..."
Section 3: "No person shall be a Senator or Representative..."
Section 4: "The validity of the public debt of the United States..."
Section 5: "The Congress shall have power to enforce..."

Amendment XV: Race and the right to vote.

Section 1: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote..."
Section 2: "The Congress shall have power to enforce..."

Amendment XVI: Income tax.

Amendment XVII: Senator election and number.

Amendment XVIII: Prohibition on sale of alcohol.

Section 1: "After one year from the ratification of this article..."
Section 2: "The Congress and the several States..."
Section 3: "This article shall be inoperative unless..."

Amendment XIX: Sex and the right to vote.

Amendment XX: "Lame duck" session of Congress eliminated.

Section 1: "The terms of the President and Vice President shall end..."
Section 2: "The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year..."
Section 3: "If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President..."
Section 4: "The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death..."
Section 5: "Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day..."
Section 6: "This article shall be inoperative unless..."

Amendment XXI: Repeal of Article XVIII.

Section 1: "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution..."
Section 2: "The transportation or importation into any State..."
Section 3: "This article shall be inoperative unless..."

Amendment XXII: Limit of Presidential terms.

Section 1: "No person shall be elected to the office of the President..."
Section 2: "This article shall be inoperative unless..."

Amendment XXIII: Election rules for the District of Columbia.

Section 1: "The District constituting the seat of Government..."
Section 2: "The Congress shall have power to enforce..."

Amendment XXIV: Taxes and the right to vote.

Section 1: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote..."
Section 2: "The Congress shall have power to enforce..."

Amendment XXV: Rules of Presidential succession.

Section 1: "In case of the removal of the President from office..."
Section 2: "Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President..."
Section 3: "Whenever the President transmits..."
Section 4: "Whenever the Vice President..."

Amendment XXVI: Age and the right to vote.

Section 1: "The right of citizens of the United States..."
Section 2: "The Congress shall have power to enforce..."

Amendment XXVII: Pay raises and Congress.

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Happy National Constitution Day!!!! Where is Thomas Jefferson when we need him?
Exactly and all the other good presidents. =) They knew the true meaning of freedom.
Since we are on the subject of Presidents I will admit (even though it seems socially unacceptable these days) that I am a proud Republican. I think G.W. Bush started out as a good strong president but over time I am beginning to see more and more that reminds me of Abraham Lincoln... Out of curiosity, what do you all think?
I actually don't like Bush. I don't think the war in Iraq is right. The people should have overthrown their own government if they hated it so much. That's how the US started. I just think he's making our country going downhill and one by one some of our basic freedoms are going away.

My dad's a republican and doesn't really think highly of Bush, mom doesn't like politics, and my grandma is democrat. I have my own opinions though and my opinions differ from theirs. When I am of the legal voting age I want to be an independent.
I have highly considered joining the Southern Nationalist party but I have ambitions of attaining public office someday and I would never have enough petitioners to ever get on a ballot with a party the majority of Americans have never even heard of. Luckily I can stay a Republican yet carry many of the principles that the Southern Nationalists embrace.
My basic agrument with Bush is that he is doing many of the things that Abraham Lincoln did that resulted in him being the greatest despot of the 19th Century, and perhaps American history. Bush is not close to that level of evil yet but he is getting closer by the day
I like Lincoln. He went to war because the counry was dividing, that's the only time I think we should go to war. I think this war would have been more justified if he just went after Osama, not Hussein (sp?). Hussein was evil, but it's not our country to judge. It's 6:30 AM, I just woke up, so my apologies if I don't make sense.
Dont worry, you make sense :-) Later on I will post some information about Lincoln that you may find rather shocking
Okay. =) Haha, I have the tendency not to make sense 6:30 in the morning. Haha, I type my themes then and I have mom check it for me to make sure I make sense.