U.s. Constitution And The United States Constitution Essay

811 Words Sep 11th, 2015 4 Pages
If someone in a political venue were to propose that we revamp the U.S. Constitution (as in completely reissue a new version), I’d likely just dismiss the idea as ludicrous. Too radical would be my first thought. Too burdensome would be my second. Except, when this issue was brought forward in our book, Losco and Baker’s AM GOV, I started to reconsider. In fact, one of our Founding Fathers made me take a second glance.
“Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.”
- Thomas Jefferson
Albeit Thomas Jefferson had his radical moments, there is profound thought within his words. The U.S. Constitution wasn’t perfect. It still isn’t. At the time in which it was written, it didn’t reflect the voices of the minorities such as slaves or even Native Americans. It didn’t reflect the voices of women. A very distinct portion of the population was represented in the delegates. Well, that’s why there are amendments right? But are amendments enough? It is important to recognize that the amendment process is a long and arduous one. In order to reflect the generational changes of the American population, would it not be more suitable to revise the Constitution as a whole? Or perhaps in increments of years (e.g. 40, 50) to make sure that the laws for people actually reflect the people who live in that era?
Moreover, Losco and Baker’s book suggested that the United States…

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