Date of Award

Spring 2020

Presentation Date


Document Type

Senior Essay

First Advisor

Steve Cortright


This essay examines The Constitution of the United States, a living document that provides the foundation of US laws and the protections of the rights of its citizens. Aquinas, Aristotle, Hobbs and others make appearances to provide the reasoning behind the establishment of the constitution and significant SCOTUS case decisions are examined to account for how the constitution transitioned from regulating the federal government to protecting citizens from abuse of power from all governmental authority both state and federal. Nota bene: This essay is the author's opinion and as such is protected under the First Amendment.