The U.S. Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, which no other law can contradict. Many people like to quote the Constitution, but not that many have actually read it. It should be read as a whole, since it is a legal document, and some parts of it affect the way other parts should be used.
Here are five things you may not know about the U.S. Constitution:
1. The Constitution is an outline for running the government. It does not contain the laws that the government creates to govern the country, but merely describes how those laws should be created and administered, and by whom.
2. The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation that preceded it, but it did not revoke them. That’s why the Preamble says that, among the Constitution’s reasons for existing, is “to form a more perfect union.”
3. Only one crime, treason, is defined in the Constitution-- and it is very narrowly defined. Treason is defined as "levying War against" the United States, or "adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."
4. The Constitution itself is only 4400 words long, although the 27 Amendments add another 3500 words to it.
5. You can see the original Constitution at the National Archives in Washington D.C. You can download the official text of the Constitution from their website at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html. The official text of the Bill of Rights (the first ten Amendments to the Constitution) can be found at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html. The official text of the rest of the Amendments can be found at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html