User:JoshuaB/USA vs CSA Constitutions
This is a draft of an essay that will compare the Constitutions of the United States of America with the Confederate States of America.
Text that appears in BLUE is text that has been changed from the original United States Constitution.
Text that appears is RED is text that has been removed from the original United States Constitution.
Text that appears in GREEN is new text added to the Confederate Constitution.
|We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.||We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity — invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God — do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederate States of America.||The CSA preamble removes the idealist goal of creating a "more perfect union", and replaces it with text simply establishing a federal government. The CSA preamble also strikes references to collectivism such as "common defense" and the unspecific "general welfare" clause. The CSA does make the effort to specifically invoke God, thus arguably founding the CSA as a Christian nation.|
|All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.||All legislative powers herein delegated shall be vested in a Congress of the Confederate States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.||The CSA made the minor change of replacing the word "granted" with "delegated".|
|The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.
||(1) The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several States; and the electors in each State shall be citizens of the Confederate States, and have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislature; but no person of foreign birth, not a citizen of the Confederate States, shall be allowed to vote for any officer, civil or political, State or Federal.
||1. The CSA added language that specifically restricted voting to legal citizens. While under the United States Constitution each state sets voter eligibility standards.