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Should the amendments to the Constitution be updated or changed?

  • Update Second Amendment

    The Second Amendment (Amendment II) was adopted in 1791 and it is not suitable for the modern society anymore. We need to ban guns and make our society safer. Too many people are killed by guns each year. We cannot ignore this problem any longer.
    Violence is out of control. Guns are a major cause. They all should be banned – the sooner the better.

  • Change is Constant

    We are in a everchanging world. So why be afraid of change if it is aready happening all around you. Some amendments are just not up to par with todays society. It still says that African Americans are 3/5 of a human that is riduculous and needs to be changed.

  • If an amendment is no longer viable, then it can be changed but it should be done very carefully.

    Some of the amendments were created 200 years ago and our society has changed. These amendments are carefully enacted and should not be changed without a huge overwhelming majority.

    Posted by: DisillusionedGilberto67
  • The Constitution should evolve with the times and society.

    Many things have changed since the Constitution was written and its contents should reflect these changes for the benefit of all citizens. Time
    changes everything and the Constitution should keep up with the times.

    Posted by: MarsBIue
  • liberaldemocrat

    The only thing that doesn't change is the change itself. Therefore, the change is inevitable and needed. How can a society catch up with others unless it does not internalize the change in itself in the globalized world? By keeping unchanged articles that protect some social values, all other articles can be revised and changed over time.

  • Out of date

    Many amendments were made under the circumstances of the time period of which they were made. One example is the third amendment, which allows people to decide whether or not soldiers stay in their homes. This amendment was made during the revolutionary war, when soldiers would take over people’s homes for living quarters, because states had their own militias, and the U.S. didn’t have an established army with bases across the country like it does now. Not many American soldiers are trying to take over our homes nowadays. Another outdated amendment is the 12th amendment, which is the amendment that establishes the electoral college. This was made because they only wanted educated people voting. In today’s society however, people know more about politics and have a more clear understanding of who and what they’re voting on. Candidates just use this outdated amendment to manipulate the voting system. And changing the constitution doesn’t “take our freedoms away”. Even now, amendments can be ratified and repealed, changing them. One example is the 18th amendment which banned all sales of alcohol. When it was found to be a bad idea, they created the 21st amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment. The document itself was an experimental document, made for a society over 200 years ago, for a government style that had not yet been known. Even Thomas Jefferson himself believed the constitution should be changed every 19 years, to be able to stay with the times. Almost all countries that have constitutions change them, or revise them after certain time periods. And simply adding amendments, articles, clauses, sections, etc just turns the constitution into a confusing and contradicting document. Contrary to some others’ opinions there is something wrong with it.

  • The constitution has flaws.

    When the constitution was created it had a set of rights, these rights were the base of what we should have. For instance the freedom of speech is a right that should be given but now that we have it's being exploited to show and do things that nearly everyone deems bad.

  • "Bury yourself in the past , the past will bury you in the future"

    The Wild West mentality of American life has been carried forward through movies from the time of the writing of this Constitution....Its time to consider today's society and how it fits that constitution. It doesn't and it needs to be updated.....Believe me , there is no way those gentlemen who wrote that could have known what society would be today .

  • Yes, they should change

    This is because a generation cannot predict the petnent of the next generation. The way in which we interract with our neighbours in a globalized world differs drastically from how despotic nations used to. Therefore, constitutions needs to neither rigid nor flexible in order to responds to needs society in a changing environment. From: The student of Civic education, University of Zambia.

  • Outdated, should be revised

    The constitution was written before we had the weapons, technology and population that we do today. The founding fathers had no way of knowing how far we would come. If we went by all the old rules, it just wouldn't work. Most other countries have updated their constitution already, or rewritten it entirely. We should not take pride in the fact that we have kept with the same rules for so long, we should work to change it. Times have changed and so should the government.

  • The founding fathers made the amendments for a reason

    The corrupt goverment is trying to take our 2nd amendment right away so we are defenceless. Less people die when there are more guns around so why should we ban them. Feinstein wants to ban assault rifles even though it wasn't used in the newtown shooting! There is a video of it being recieved from Lanza's car! The goverment wants to change the constitution to take our rights away! They set up these mass shootings just to take guns away. And they are getting away with it. The constutution is our last defence from tyrannical goverment and thats why it shouldn't be changed!

  • Founding Fathers

    The founding fathers set America on the right track, and now corrupt people are trying to adjust the Constitution to suit their needs and ideas. The founding fathers knew this would happen, this was the whole point behind writing the Constitution. The Constitution should not be tampered with. Who is to say that the Constitution should change?

  • NO!

    I think that the constitution should not be changed beacuse it hasent been since it was written and i think thats amazing! i mean it has taken us from horses and buggys to the technology we have today. also i think that it would be very hard to change and leave it with the qualities it has today.

  • Nothing Wrong with It

    Everyone is saying "change, change!" Why change it if there is nothing wrong with it. The Constitution includes everything. If you don't agree, read the 10th amendment. The Constitution in no way says that African Americans are 3/5 human. I completely agree with "LimpingChauncey64." This idea gives the government the chance to take away our precious freedoms. Imagine an hourglass. Our freedoms are the sand. The small hole that allow the sand to fall is the government and we are the top half of the glass. Over time our freedoms are taken away from us. Sadly, this hourglass cannot be flipped over once more. When our freedoms are gone..they are gone

  • No! Amendments to the Constitution should not be updated or changed.

    Once we allow any of the Amendments to be tampered with in any way, we lose our Constitutional rights. It will give the government the options to remove, change or alter, any Amendments they deem necessary for the protection of national security. Americans do not understand how many rights we lost to the Homeland Security Act.

    Posted by: LimpingChauncey64
  • I oppose this, because the amendments were meant to last throughout the centuries.

    Although the times and people have changed in general, the amendments cover very basic freedoms that have not changed one bit. Each one is still extremely relevant to America and to its citizens. There is no reason or justifiable cause to update them, since they are simple rights that we all deserve.

    Posted by: PrettyVince50
  • The amendments to the Constitution are a reflection of the history of this country and the rights we are entitled to as citizens, further changes to the Constitution should require new Amendments not updates to the current ones.

    The amendments to the Constitution should not be changed. Rules are in place to add additional Amendments to the Constitution if a change is needed. Beyond that, updates and changes that are more in line with today's society should be reflected in court decisions. Judges should be interpreting the Constitution broadly and recognize that the Constitution as it exists today is different than it was in 1791 but that many rights should be strictly construed as to protect those rights. The amendments we have in place were written and enacted for a reason, which should be considered and respected, not changed. Without the amendments that are currently in place, our country would not likely be one with true free speech, free people, checks and balances on authority, and true democratic ideals.

    Posted by: RapidGarret59
  • If something works of course the government would want to change it!

    The Amendments are basic and easy to understand and in place to protect all Americans rights! Once the government starts changing them they won't stop until they have all the power and we are reduced to slaves to their wishes. Freedom of Speech, Right to Bear Arms, Freedom to elect our officials, Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment--protecting our rights to liberty and limiting government control! No, don't allow changes!

  • Foundation

    Changing any amendment undermines the fundamental precepts under which our country was founded. The constitution is not a document of convenience to suit the times. Right or wrong, current or outdated, if we go down the path of "updating" we marginalize the very democratic ideals of what our country represents.

  • The curious survival of the US Communist Party

    A pure democracy cannot last - the greatest government ever devised, a Representative Republic with the three branches and an Electoral College can with the Constitution and Bill of Rights set in stone.
    "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
    The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage." -- Alexander Tyler


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