Ap Gov Unit 3 Essay

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What important purposes are served by the right to amend the Constitution guaranteed by Article V?
Evaluate James Madison’s claim in Federalist 43 that the Constitution “guards equally against the extreme facility which would render the Constitution too mutable, and that extreme difficulty which might perpetuate its discovered faults.”
Some critics of the amending process contend that amendments, once proposed, should be submitted to popular vote, bypassing state legislatures. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

P1. According to professor Douglas Linder, the delegates assembled in Philadelphia were under no illusions that the constitutional scheme they were struggling to establish was perfect for present circumstances, much less perfect
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No formal change under Article V is possible without the assent of the states.

P4. The amendment process has helped greatly to make the United States a “more perfect union.” The Bill of Rights acts to protect individual rights. The Civil War Amendment ended slavery and helped develop the national citizenship. The right to vote has been greatly expanded through the 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th and 26th Amendments, and flaws in the structure of government have been corrected by the 12th, 17th and 25th Amendments.

P5. In Federalist 43, Madison says “that useful alterations will be suggested by experience, could not but be foreseen.” It was requisite, therefore, that a mode for introducing them should be provided. The more preferred by the convention seems to be stamped with every mark of propriety. It guards equally against that extreme facility, which would render the Constitution too mutable; and that extreme difficulty, which might perpetuate its discovered faults.

P.6 The Supreme Court has made Madison’s words a reality through the process of judicial review, a power not specifically given through Marshall’s decision in Marbury v. Madison. Since the 1920s, the Court has used this power by greatly expanding the rights of citizens of states to be free of state coercion in its use of selective incorporation. The 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th have devolved to the states in order to protect its citizens against local incursions

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