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We the People of the United Statesdo ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America Within those opening words the framers of the US Constitution made clear their intentions for democracy in America and their disregard for previous despotic institutions No longer viewing the individuals highest duty to be obedience to the state our founding fathers displayed a firm commitment to bolstering the significance and dignity of the individual This new found faith in the ability of the populace to govern itself is known as democracy Democracy itself is an ideal that was developed by the ancient Greeks around 500 BC Inherent in all of the freedoms of democracy are certain inalienable rights that are guaranteed to every citizen who resides under that democracy Following the Constitutional Convention Federalists who supported the ratification of the Constitution obtained the support by promising that an enumeration of the rights of all citizens that would be added as an amendment to the Constitution after it had been ratified to Anti-Federalists who opposed ratification due to the lack of enumerated rights In order to outline and expound upon those rights the Constitution was amended almost immediately following its ratification in 1788 The Bill of Rights as the first ten amendments have come to be known was put into effect on the fifteenth day of December 1791 and is a formal declaration given by the government to define the fundamental liberties of its citizens and thus limit its own power The first eight amendments contain the essential rights of every citizen as well as certain procedural precautions instituted to insure the protection of those rights The tenth amendment guarantees the limitation of federal control to those and only those powers granted it in the Constitution Inherent in the ninth amendment is the vitality of democracy in the United States The ninth amendment reads The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny
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