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        A Constitution | The Montana Constitutional Convention

        James Madison said “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, no controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government of men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” A constitution merely gives the populace the communal boundaries for behavior and the law-keepers the guidelines for prosecution. The Founding Fathers knew the U.S. struggled for many years under the Articles of Confederation, which actually were a good intermediate step between English rule and the eventual Constitution. In many ways the Articles made the case for a different national guideline: states working as one nation for the common good, while retaining many powers for themselves. George Harper (archival footage): Well, a constitution is roughly the set of guidelines that the organized state will follow as it sets up its business and decides how it will live together as a society.”


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