ERIC Number: ED209128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-7
Reference Count: 0
The U.S. Constitution: Foundation for Effective Government, Freedom and Creativity.
Cannon, Mark W.
In a speech given to judges, public officials, law teachers, lawyers, and students at the East China Institute of Politics and Law, Shanghai, the author discusses the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution made possible energetic government by majority rule, while also securing individual rights in their appropriate sphere. Not only does the U.S. Constitution provide for citizen voting to assure that public policy will substantially reflect the will of the people, but citizens are also protected from arbitrary or unfair government actions. It is important because people are generally happy when they can organize their energies to pursue objectives they personally value and believe worthwhile. The second reason is that it releases enormous creative energy. The author then goes on to discuss four constitutional elements which contribute to liberty in our constitutional system: the rule of law, due process, guarantees of specific liberties found in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and the separation of powers. Another point, which is so important that it could even be viewed as a fifth feature which contributes to liberty, is the fact that courts provide redress even to politically powerless individuals, redress to have their claims heard according to law. The author concludes the paper with a brief description of several aspects of the U.S. political system. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States Constitution
Note: Speech given at the East China Institute of Politics and Law (Shanghai, September 7, 1981).