17 Answered Questions for the topic Constitution



History constitution

1. Sometimes the US Constitution is referred to as a "Living Document." The idea that the founders intentionally made parts of the Const. vague so that the document could be reinterpreted to meet... more

Is Constitutional Due Process required in the Impeachment Proceedings?

As Impeachment of the President rolls along, many Republicans assert that the President is being denied Constitutional Due Process. What Process (Procedures) are due in Impeachment hearings?

Why do the supreme court justices have a life term period?

The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States is composed by chief justices which have a life-term period on that position after they are "elected".I have always asked to myself why some... more

What was the historical context of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution?

The 2nd amendment states: > A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. There is a lot of... more

Is there any documentation on the creation of Article 1 Section II of the US constitution?

I'm doing some personal research on the electoral college as it has been becoming more and more relevant in modern US elections. I've seen tons of people talking about how it was designed to... more

Why should I care about federal vs state rights?

The premise behind most arguments about Obamacare, and other programs is that it's a "Federal" vs "State" rights issue.I come from a corporate business background, and it seems to me that if enough... more


Was the United States meant to be a confederation of states?

I read the Constitution, and, if I recall correctly, no members of the Federal government were to be elected by the common people according to the original documents. Governors, however, were... more

Does federalism lead to the separation of single states?

Federalism involves a great deal of **power sharing**, both at administrative and governmental levels. Federalism accepts the concept called '***right to self determination***' to varying degrees,... more

Can both US Senators from a state be elected at the same time?

I understand the US constitution mandates three rolling 'classes' of nearly equal numbers of Senators be elected every two years, each for 6 year terms. The convention has been to not elect both... more

Are Running Mates Constitutional (US President/VP)?

I was reading over the US Constitution and Amendments when Amendment 12 jumped out at me. I've always thought that Amendment 12 specifically said that Presidential Candidates and Vice Presidential... more

When does the US president have to be 35 year old?

[The Constitution only says](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_Two_of_the_United_States_Constitution#Clause_5:_Qualifications_for_office) that one needs to have "attained to the Age of thirty... more

Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?

For example: a cannon, certain types of muskets etc... Were there laws for whether women or freed slaves could not own specific weapons?


What is the constitutional status of military bases?

Does the United States Constitution have any amendments related to foreign bases? Technically foreign bases aren't U.S. territory, but they must have some laws.


Why does it matter which house of Congress a bill originates in?

The U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Sec. 7) states that: > All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as... more
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American Government

Does the Constitution reflect real operational Control in the United States? Why or Why Not?

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