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The Constitution is often hailed as a marvel of brevity and of clarity It was however written in the 18th century and many of the ideas concepts words phrases and euphemisms seem odd to us today if not down right foreign Some of the more obscure words are defined in The Glossary But what of the Constitution itself What does it mean What does each article each section say This page is like a synopsis or summary of the Constitution article by article amendment by amendment This should not be taken as a substitute for the Constitution but more like a study guide The Preamble to the Constitution has no force in law instead it establishes the Why of the Constitution Why is this document in existence It reflects the desires of the Framers to improve on the government they currently had to be more perfect than the Articles of Confederation to ensure that that government would be just and would protect its citizens from internal strife and from attack from the outside It would be of benefit to the people rather than to its detriment And perhaps as importantly it intended to do the same for the future generations of Americans The Articles Article 1 establishes the first of the three branches of the government the Legislature Section 1 establishes the name of the Legislature to be The Congress a bicameral or two-part body Section 2 defines the House of Representatives known as the lower house of Congress It establishes a few minimum requirements like a 25-year-old age limit and establishes that the people themselves will elect the members for two years each The members of the House are divided among the states proportionally or according to size giving more populous states more representatives in the House The leader of the House is the Speaker of the House chosen by the members Section 3 defines the upper house of Congress the Senate Again it
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