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Is the Constitution fine the way it is or do we need new amendments to it?

  1. lawdoctorlee profile image88
    lawdoctorleeposted 6 years ago

    Is the Constitution fine the way it is or do we need new amendments to it?

  2. The Frog Prince profile image78
    The Frog Princeposted 6 years ago

    Term limits for Congress comes to mind when I read your question.

    The Frog

  3. Credence2 profile image81
    Credence2posted 6 years ago

    A check and balance on Congress granting itself a raise.

  4. Craig Suits profile image77
    Craig Suitsposted 6 years ago

    Our constitution will always require very careful updating as time and change make their mark on our country.
    Our big constitution problem since I've been around is clarity.
    Just one example of what I mean if our right to bear arms. Our founding fathers new nothing of assault rifles and other killing machines generally available these days.
    The legislation, the time, and the money wasted arguing these points to no avail is staggering and can only be eliminated by re-clarifing our constitutional amendments. This is a critical issue that must be made clear as many innocent people die every day as a direct result of our contemptuous apathy

  5. charles wade profile image58
    charles wadeposted 6 years ago

    Agree with Frog Prince and Credemce2, for the most part it just needs to be followed.  I'm not a big gun guy, but the type of guns made today would have had no bearing on the 2nd amendments intention.

  6. bradmasterOCcal profile image30
    bradmasterOCcalposted 2 years ago

    The US Constitution has been watered down by the SCOTUS over the last one hundred years. They have found in favor of using the Interstate Commerce Clause to expand the size and scope of the federal government.

    When doing this the federal government takes away rights and powers left to the states under the 10th Amendment.

    The 16th amendment was also passed by them as constitutional even though it circumvented apportionment for income taxes. The power to tax was already in the constitution but this amendment took away the apportionment between the states.

    The 14th amendment didn't give Black men the right to vote, nor did it give Women the right to vote. These were given by the 15th, and 19th amendment. The latter was 55 years after the 15th.

    The constitution is silent about the validity of the simple majority vote of the SCOTUS. The constitution was also silent on the details of creating the SCOTUS, because the founders left it up to Congress to setup.

    Same sex marriages should have required an amendment, as the SCOTUS didn't give any real reason why it should be forced upon the states. These were states rights that were trampled by the SCOTUS.

    As I mentioned, the 14th amendment didn't even operate with clarity, and equality for the right to vote, which is an inherent right in a democratic republic.

    The structure of the three branches of government needs to be changed as it has clearly failed us this century. We need these amendments to catch up with technology, and all the changes it has created for elections, campaigning, etc.

    The continuing gridlock of congress, and the de facto legislative actions by the president need to be addressed by amendment.

    The political system has failed due to the divergent goals of the two political parties, and I doubt the founders anticipated this when they created the constitution. Having the 3 branches of govt seemed like a good check and balance, but it didn't really work this century.

    I could go on but I am running out of characters for comments here.

    Short answer, the Constitution is leaking, and it needs amendments to stop those leaks.

 
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