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For over two centuries the American Constitution established the foundation of democratic government It can undoubtedly be considered the strongest and longest lasting piece of document in the history of government The Constitution adopted in 1789 created a framework that secured the nations interests promoted its commerce and also maintained unity as a nation Although ratifying it and building trust and confidence in it took a while the foundation that the Constitution was built upon created a strong national government This strong foundation or framework nevertheless is of great importance yet the secret to its success can be greatly attributed to the flexibility of the Constitution allowed by its structure The Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia in May of 1787 led to the ending of the Articles of Confederation and the birth of the Constitution It cannot be argued that the Constitution was the result of the failures of the Articles of Confederation The Articles of Confederation undoubtedly had good virtues but was concerned primarily with limiting the powers of the national government Under it Congress was given power to declare war borrow money and trade but it left out two of the most important features that a strong government required power to levy taxes and regulate commerce Overall the Articles of Confederation was merely a formality required after the Declaration of Independence Not only was there no executive there was also no judiciary authority and no means of enforcing Congress will If there was to be any enforcement at all it would be done for the Congress by the states Lowi 33 Thus came the demand for a new contract or later called the American Constitution simply stated The people would give their consent to a strong national government if that government would in turn accept certain strict limitations on its powers Lowi 70 This exchange of power for limitations also referred to as constitutionalism is the main principle and relationship involved between
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