Grand Canyon University
Master of Education in Educational Administration
POS 301 Arizona/Federal Government
April 8, 2012
The Amendment Process: The Bill of Rights
The Constitution is essentially a rough draft. The Amendments to the Constitution are the edited versions. The Constitution is a living document that the whole country relies upon as it grows and any changes to the Constitution should be meaningful. Article V outlines the procedures amending the Constitution. All previous Amendments to the Constitution were created to guarantee rights and provide clarification (Patterson 2010). |
The process for amending the Constitution.
Currently, the Constitution has twenty-seven amendments; of those only the first ten were ratified simultaneously, the rest were separate. These Amendments were all created by the only two methods allowed; either Amendments may be proposed by a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress or the legislatures of two-thirds of the states may call for a national convention to propose and discuss amendments. After the discussions, and before proposed amendments become part of the Constitution, they must be approved by three-fourths of the states, either by direct state legislature approval or by ratifying conventions. Only the 21st Amendment was ratified by an individual ratifying convention, the others were ratified by the state legislatures (Tawney, 2012). Amending the Constitution: Is this a "fair" process?
In order the Amend the Constitution, only after a discussion and the two-thirds majority have spoken can it be ratified. This process eliminates the Executive Branch and the Judiciary Branch. The Legislative Branch is supposed to represent the people, so if all parties involved are bi-partisan, then yes the actual changing of the Constitution is fair. However, I believe this process goes deeper than changing the document; it’s about how the Judiciary Branch...