All of our laws and rights are in the constitution, which was written 223 years ago by 55 delegates, 39 of whom actually signed it. With my group we wrote our own constitution for a new society. In many ways our rules and the process we went through are similar to what the 55 delegates went through and in other ways its very different.
Obviously if you have a bunch of people trying to decide on one right or one law there will be arguing and most people will have a different perspective on things than the person sitting next to them. They debated a lot about how the government would be set up. Roger Sherman, a delegate from Connecticut, proposed an Idea that worked for everyone and it became known as the great compromise. His proposition stated that they would have a two-house legislature, that consisted of a senate and a house of representatives, they agreed that it would only be fair if the senate had an equal number of representatives from each state and that the house of representatives would have only one representatives for every 30,000 people in each state. In our group we argued about how our government would be set up but, we too finally came to a decision. We had representatives from each state that would be elected so that everyone had a say on who was their voice, we also have a court where all arguments or crimes that could not be solved would go to be resolved by an impartial person. I think that we both set up our governments similar because it is a really fair and reasonable way to set up a government.
George Washington played a big part in the writing of the Constitution. He was a leader during the process and his job was to keep all the meetings orderly and effective. They elected him the leader because he had won the respect of many as they commander of the continental army and because they all held im in high esteem. In our group we didn’t have a leader we just all tried to work together. We would go around and give our perspective and then we would go around again and see what everyone thought the rule should be and we would try to all agree on one. I think it may have been better if we had a leader because then we would have a person to give the final say and someone to keep everything in order.
Everyone deserves their rights. The first amendments in the Constitution that states that everyone has the freedom of speech and religion. This means that everyone has the right to practice any religion they want and they can not be punished for anything they say. In our Constitution we also had a rule about the freedom of speech and religion. Ours goes a bit further and says that you have the right to practice any religion you want and nobody can stop you from practicing it, also everyone has the right to free speech. I believe that free speech is a very important right and even though I am an atheist I believe that the freedom of religion is very important to so many other people.
Everyone deserves a chance to explain their story. The 7th amendment of the constitution provides the right to trial by jury in certain cases. In court everyone is innocent until proven guilty, the jury listens to both sides of the story and votes. Whether the person is innocent or guilty the judge always gets the final say. We had a similar rule that says that any argument that can not be resolved will go to court to be decided by an impartial person to the situation. This means that someone that has nothing to do with the situation will decide the outcome, so that they have no previous opinions on the situation and listen to both sides and then decide. Everyone deserves the right to be heard out and even if they are guilty hearing their story won’t change the outcome they will still be guilty and they will get punished.
I think that my constitution and the actual one are similar because all of the rules and rights are good reasonable ones that I think everyone should live by, not just the United States. I think it is very cool that even though the constitution was written 223 years ago all of the amendments and rights still apply and we all still live by them.