Voice of Democracy: Constitution: Relevant or No?
Fifty-five men gather together. One room to delegate in. Many months to process. Thirty-nine signatures to approve. One document to change the history of what is now called the United States of America. This document just so happens to be the United States Constitution—conjured up to be a revised version of the Articles of Confederation—and became a base on how our country and its government ebb and flow. Even though this document was ratified in 1788, the amendments of the Constitution were fashioned to keep up with the struggles and troubles “we the people” have; thus qualifying our Constitution to still be applicable and relevant. The Bill of Rights are a large reason to as why the two hundred and twenty-four year old, but ever changing, document still is applicable to the 21st century. In the first amendment, civil liberties are guaranteed to United States (U.S.) citizens. For example, the U.S. has become a cultural “melting pot” for the rest of the world, as well as it being a religious “melting pot”. Since many immigrants with many different religions have entered the U.S. , the First Amendment protects the government from nominating a religion for the country and gives one the right to practice what his/her denomination is. The First Amendment also promises that, when one is a citizen of this country, he or she has the freedom to vote on who rules the country and who speaks for the common-man. Not only the First Amendment included in the Bill of Rights makes the great Constitution relevant, but so do other amendments, such as the Thirteenth , Fifteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-sixth Amendments that address two important issues that changed two profound issues that have made things difficult and unfair in the past: slavery and voting. Adopted in December of 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment was placed into effect enforcing the abolition of slavery after the Civil War. Even though slavery is not really a threat...
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