The U.S. Constitution is the work of several men, directly and indirectly. The three most notable persons whose work influenced the Constitution but who were not involved in its writing are Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Thomas Paine. The group of men involved in the writing of the Constitution are generally referred to as the "framers".
No single individual wrote it. Twelve of the thirteen states sent delegates to the Constitutional Convention to revise the Articles of Confederation and the entire convention worked on it. After the political questions were hashed out a 'committee of style' was formed to put the ideas into formal words. It is generally accepted that Gouverneur Morris created most of the actual wording included in the final draft from the Committee of Style.
The original copy of the document is preserved in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
The person most associated with authoring the US Constitution was James Madison, the fourth President of the United States. Primary Author: James Madison (drafted the Virginia Plan). He is known as "The Father of the Constitution." James Madison wrote the Constitution in 1787. The constitution wasn't passed until 1788.
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As for Hamilton...
On June 18 Alexander Hamilton presented his own ideal plan of government. Erudite and polished, the speech, nevertheless, failed to win a following. It went too far. Calling the British government "the best in the world," Hamilton proposed a model strikingly similar an executive to serve during good behavior or life with veto power over all laws; a senate with members serving during good behavior; the legislature to have power to pass "all laws whatsoever." Hamilton later wrote to Washington that the people were now willing to accept "something not very remote from that which they have lately quitted." What the people had "lately quitted," of course, was monarchy. Some members of the convention fully expected the country to turn in this direction. Hugh Williamson of North Carolina, a wealthy physician, declared that it was "pretty certain . . . that we should at some time or other have a king." Newspaper accounts appeared in the summer of 1787 alleging that a plot was under way to invite the second son of George III, Frederick, Duke of York, the secular bishop of Osnaburgh in Prussia, to become "king of the United States." - Constitution of the United States - A History
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BD, your article proves me right. Many people wrote the constitution, 3 wrote the federalist papers, and the main writer of the federalist papers disagreed with the bill of rights.
Laws are written and yet cannot plan for every contingency, and how that law might apply to somehtng they did not consider. How the people who decide see it makes all the difference. It is a mistake to think anything can be written so clearly that everyone will always get the same meaning.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Everything written must be interpreted. Even something as simple as the Commandment "Thou shalt not Kill." How many different ways do we justify that action? We kill animals for food. We kill enemy combatants in War or conflicts. We kill inmates sentenced to death. We kill another person in an act of self defense. We kill pets that are too sick and old. The Commandment doesn't specify humans or mitigating circumstances.
The government is regulated by a system defined by the U.S. Constitution, which serves as the country's supreme legal document. It is a constitutional republic and representative democracy, "in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law". Therefore it is the Law that must continually be amended and interpreted in every set of new circumstances using the Constitution as the bases for legal argument, since it is comprised of our founding principles.
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