Suitability of the Constitution as a Governing Document

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Suitability of the Constitution as a Governing Document

Ariell Marsh

American National Government 5260 POLI-101S-03

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The U.S. constitution is ,in an acceptable means, the basic law for our

nation and it is a good governing document for the contemporary United

States but it still needs some changes to it to make it more suitable for the

contemporary U.S. today. The U.S. Constitution sets out to do multiple amounts

of deeds. It creates power in government, builds political institutions, most of the

time helps provide guarantees to the U.S. citizens. In Government in America:

People, Politics, and Policy, it states, “As the body of rules that govern our nation,

the U.S. Constitution has an impact on our everyday lives.” (30). This statement

clearly shows that the U.S. Constitution is and always will be an important factor

and benefit to our nation.

The U.S. Constitution has many strengths and weakness. Although it has

many weakness, it definitely has more strengths than weaknesses. All of the

strengths that the U.S. Constitution has benefits our nation in various ways. It

sets out to guarantee basic human rights throughout amendments 1-10, it

provides for a federal union where people still have certain rights and powers in

their own states, it gives fairness and equality to all the citizens in the U.S., it has

the separation of powers, church, and state, and most importantly it provides a

government for the people. Some weaknesses of the U.S. Constitution before it

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was amended were that it had no bill of rights, the presidential selection process

was flawed because the framers lacked to foresee the political parties, and the

protection of slavery was also a major flaw to the constitution at that time. When

the Constitution was fixed by the 12th amendment there were less weakness

included into the constitution but there were still some weaknesses present. In

my opinion the greatest weakness to the U.S. Constitution is its weak ability to be

understood by the society and how the society wants to interpret it.

In the Los Angeles Times article, “We need a New Constitution”, it says,

“ The Constitution remains brilliant in its overall design and sound with respect to

the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers. But there are numerous archaic

provisions that inhibit constructive change and adaption.”. In this statement I

completely agree with the fact that the constitution itself is already a great

documentation of our nation’s overall basic law but it could use some change to

improve itself and make our country easier to live in. Some things we could

change in the constitution to make it better for the people in the United States is

first to restore the war powers balance because the framers themselves made

the president and the Congress equally in charge of all war-making matters.

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Furthermore, it should also create a more representative Senate. In fact

not a lot of people in the United States surprisingly do not elect the majority of the

U.S. Senate. This is for a fact a shame because of the reality that the Senate is a

big part of Congress and the the United States government. Another problem the

United States Constitution should change to make the nation better is to

transform presidential elections. We all know that every person in America has

different views on the presidential elections but truthfully I believe that we should

change this particular problem the constitution so that we can benefit in various

ways. Our country does need a, “sensible system of rotating regional primaries”

says the Los Angeles Times article, “We need a New Constitution”. The reason

being is to no longer make the system subject to the votes of only a small

amount of states. The last thing the Constitution should...
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