The Constitution Criticism

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The Constitution

A case for the connection of America's colonial and revolutionary religious and political
experiences to the basic principles of the Constitution can be readily made. One point in
favor of this conclusion is the fact that most Americans at that time had little beside
their experiences on which to base their political ideas. This is due to the lack of
advanced schooling among common Americans at that time. Other points also concur with the
main idea and make the theory of the connection plausible.Much evidence to support this
claim can be found in the wording of the Constitution itself. Even the Preamble has an
important idea that arose from the Revolutionary period. The first line of the Preamble
states, We the People of the United States... ." This implies that the new government that
was being formed derived its sovereignty from the people, which would serve to prevent it
from becoming corrupt and disinterested in the people, as the framers believed Britain's
government had become. If the Bill of Rights is considered, more supporting ideas become
evident. The First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom could have been influenced
by the colonial tradition of relative religious freedom. This tradition was clear even in
the early colonies, like Plymouth, which was formed by Puritan dissenters from England
seeking religious freedom. Roger Williams, the proprietor of Rhode Island, probably made
an even larger contribution to this tradition by advocating and allowing complete
religious freedom. William Penn also contributed to this idea in Pennsylvania, where the
Quakers were tolerant of other denominations. In addition to the tradition of religious
tolerance in the colonies, there was a tradition of self-government and popular
involvement in government. Nearly every colony had a government with elected
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