Discussion Hall => The Constitution => Topic started by: Jim Nunziato on February 10, 2014, 10:16:35 AM

Title: Our Constitution
Post by: Jim Nunziato on February 10, 2014, 10:16:35 AM
Our Constitution is our supreme governing document. It does not grant us any rights, but rather, protects them from being infringed, limited or taken away by an overbearing federal government. Any and all powers granted to the Federal Government is by consent of "We The People!"

Here ( is a link to the Constitution in the "library" section of our website. As you read it here, you will find many reference links contained within its text.  If a word or phrase was changed by an amendment, it will be indicated by a clickable link to a footnote, which provides a link to the actual amendment. (Note: From the "Constitution" page, you may go directly to any article or amendment. If you are reading any other page or section of the Constitution, you may also use the navigation menu button, "Constitution" to go to any other article or section without returning to the main, Constitution page.)

Not everyone was in favor of ratifying the Constitution and there was much debate concerning it. The Federalist Papers ( were a collection of essays to the people of New York to try to persuade them to ratify it.

And, for every point of view, there is an opposing point as well. A second set of essays to the people of New York arguing against the ratification of the Constitution became known as the Anti-Federalist Papers (

(Note: If you follow either of the two above links, from there, use the menu navigation button "Federalist Papers" to further navigate to the "Federalist" or "Anti-Federalist" paper of your interest.)

If a topic in the Constitution was the subject of debate in the Federalist or Anti-Federalist papers, a reference link is provided  to the appropriate document.

This cross-linking is a work in progress, and is nowhere near complete. What better way to understand the intent of the Constitution than to read arguments of those who created it?