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How would you change the Constitution?

Sept. 10, 2012

Constitution Day on Sept. 17 marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s founding document. The core of this remarkable document has endured with only 27 amendments passed in that time.

According to University of Chicago law professor Tom Ginsburg, who has studied and written about constitutions around the world, “Most constitutions die at a very young age and are replaced often. They are, it turns out, very fragile things.” The average life of a constitution? Nineteen years, according to his research.

Why has the U.S. Constitution proved to be so durable? It’s not because of its relatively short length, or broad principles, as many Americans think. Ginsburg’s research has found that more detailed constitutions are more successful, such as the Indian constitution of 1950, the world’s longest at 117,000 words, which is 25 times the length of the U.S. Constitution.

Governments sometimes will go back and revise their founding documents, updating them to fit in with a changing society. After an economic crisis in 2008, Iceland decided to start fresh with a new constitution. (Its previous one was written in 1944.) And, in a novel move, the document was created with ideas and suggestions solicited through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. A Constitutional Council looked at all the ideas and basically drafted the document on the Internet. It was accepted by the Icelandic parliament in 2011.

In the United States, the Constitution has been amended when the government and the people recognized a widespread problem or because of a movement for change. It’s not an easy process. Usually, an amendment is proposed in Congress and must be approved by two-thirds of the House and Senate. Then legislatures in three-fourths of the states must sign off on it. Congress has passed 23 amendments since the Bill of Rights and only 17 have been ratified.

Among other things, these amendments have:

• guaranteed our freedom of speech (First Amendment)
• protected us from unreasonable search and seizures (Fourth Amendment)
• abolished slavery (13th Amendment)
• granted women the right to vote (19th Amendment)
• set term limits for the presidency (22nd Amendment)

Recently, the New York Times asked scholars: If the U.S. Constitution were being written today, what would you omit, add or clarify? Their ideas included allowing naturalized citizens to become president (Article II, Section ); imposing term limits on federal judges (Article III, Section 1); clarifying what is “cruel and unusual punishment” (Eighth Amendment); and even making it easier to amend the Constitution (Article V).

What do you think?

Why do you think the Constitution has endured? Would you change any of the Constitution’s articles or amendments? Would you take out any? What do you think of the process of amending the Constitution? What do you think the next constitutional amendment should be? What do you think about using social media to change the Constitution? Join the discussion!

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12/10/2014
Sidney/MT
Tate
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I would have to agree with Christian on the fact that the United States Constitution has lasted so long is because of its broad structure. It is a relatively short Constitution compared to the 1950 Indian Constitution. I think that the Constitution should not be changed because it has lasted this long and has granted people many rights such as freedom of speech, protection from unreasonable search and seizures, and even abolishing slavery. One thing that might need to be changed is to have some clarification on the Second Amendment. I think that the process of amending the Constitution is perfectly fine where it stands. They can't have amendments be passed to easily because and have amendments not be passed at all. People shouldn't be using social media to change the Constitution because like Christian says, it will make people go more extreme.

12/10/2014
Sidney, MT
Ethan
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe the reason why the United States Constitution has lasted so long is because of the simplicity of it. The Constitution is not long worded and at the same covers the rights of the people. I believe that the process of amending is fair and balanced. The two-thirds vote is shows enough evidence that something needs to be changed. I agree with Chrisian on what should be changed and how much should be changed. There should be very little of the Constitution changed. The Second and Eighth Amendements have room to change as in places for being more specific. The Constitution should not be able to be over the internet like in Iceland. This would allow to be hacked and changed for other people's benefit. Even if there is top firewalls and other things someone will find a way to hack in. The Constitution should continue to not be through the internet in my opinion.

12/10/2014
Sidney/MT
Christian
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe the reason the United States Constitution has endured so long is the fact that it has a broad structure, it is easily read, and it has a relatively short length. Even though the article goes against that belief, I believe that the Constitution achieved the perfect balance between length and broadness of its text. I would agree with Korntey and Gresh to the point of the Constitution should hardly, if at all, be changed. The only points I can think of would maybe be some clarification on things such as the Second and Eighth Amendments. These Amendments are topics that are greatly debated in this era and it would be convenient if the Framers made them a bit more clear. I would not take out any from the Constitution. They all have their specific purpose in order to insure citizens natural rights. I believe that the process to amending the Constitution should be right where its at. Just as the article says, an amendment proposed in Congress must be approved by two-thirds of the House and Senate. Then legislatures in three-fourths of the states must sign off on it. This seems pretty secure already. It cannot be too easy, else Amendments that do more harm than good could potentially be passed, and it cannot be too hard, else Amendments that have great potential for good may not be passed. The next Constitutional Amendment I think should be passed is maybe one referring to what qualifies as marriage. This is a very widely debated topic and some final say in the matter would be very beneficial. I disagree with social media to change the Constitution. I believe that doing something over the internet gives someone a subconsious feeling of security which would make them choose more extreme changes. It just wouldnt be a reliable source of intel in my opinion.

12/10/2014
Sidney/Montana
Taylor
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The United States Constitution has endured all these years because of its broad points and its ability to be amended. I disagree with Tom Ginsburg in the article because he says that detailed constitutions are more successful. The broader the terms, the more room there is to grow as a nation. Things advance over time, and it is great that the U.S. can make changes to the Constitution to keep up. I would change any articles or amendments in the constitution that have out-dated principles. For example, the Second Amendment states that a well regulated militia...shall not be infringed. Militias are no longer used in today's society. I also think that we can afford a little specification in the constitution. I think the phrasing should be worded differently so more people can understand it today. However, I would not take any out because I believe the Constitution has covered everything that needs to be stated. The existing amendments represent our history and should be honored. I think the process of amending the Constitution is well thought out and should remain as it is. It makes it difficult to pass anything without going through several steps of acceptance. I think the next constitutional amendment should cover what cruel and unusual punishment is so less people will be put on death row. I don't think the social media should have any involvement in changing the Constitution because they do not always speak the truth. The Constitution should not be allowed to be corrupted by the media.

12/10/2014
Sidney/MT
Hailey
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I believe the U.S. Constitution has endured for so long because of the broad, but enforced Bill of Rights. It is giving the people their liberties but also giving them boundaries they can not step out of. I agree with Kory and Gresh that we should not change the Constitution, but we should make some clarification and details to them. Like the Second Amendment which is gun rights. There has been so much controversy on the Amendment. I mean we did a speak out about in class on what the Second Amendment means! I also think there should be clarification like the article says on what "cruel and unusual punishment" really contains of. I do not believe any of the amendments should be taken out of the Constitution. They have worked for the past 225 years and they continue to work today. I believe the amending process is good because it makes it difficult. Putting in a new amendment should not be an easy process. I do not agree with using social media to change the Constitution because this is giving the people a direct say in what happens and a lot of people would only be thinking of themselves not others. Like Brady said it would be making a direct democracy which is not what our Founding Fathers wanted. I believe the next constitutional amendment should be that all citizens between the age 18 and 26 have to serve their country for 6 months.

12/9/2014
Sidney/Montana
Sean
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe the US Constitution has endured because America is the country that is closest to the people, and understands most of their plights. The only Amendments that I would change would be making the Eighth Amendment more clear so people do not misinterpret what it means, and also stating some example for the Ninth Amendment. I also agree with Kory about clarifying the Second Amendment. I think the process for amending the Constitution is fine where it is, because it should be a hard enough process to where not just anything gets through, but easy enough to allow all people to agree on something worth changing. I think a good new Amendment would be granting true equaling for all people, including homosexuals, so that there is no disagreement about it. I'm not really sure about using social media to change the Constitution because there are a lot of people out there who would not understand the meaning behind creating something like a Constitution, and it would be difficult to separate the actually concerned people from those just wanted to mess it up.

12/9/2014
Sidney/Montana
Cody
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think the Constitution has endured for so long, because of it's adaptability. When problems occur, our government is able to be changed slightly to solve problems through the amending of the constitution. A new constitution isn't needed. The document itself gives the government the ability to change it. I would personally change the 5th amendment to clarify that even with due process, the government should not be able to take our lives. I would also like to clarify in the 8th amendment that the death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment. I would really like for the 2nd amendment to be better clarified also, as it is debated whether or not it protects the rights of the people or a states militia. I think amending the constitution is a great process and I wouldn't change it. I think the next amendment should protect the rights of the LGBT community.

12/9/2014
Sidney/Montana
Tucker
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
I believe the Constitution has been able to endure time, because of the way it was written. The Framers didn't make the Constitution from scratch. They took ideas from many of their states constitutions, the Massachusetts Constitution for example. Along with state constitutions, John Locke's theory on natural human rights played a major role in how the constitution should protect the people. There were many great minds working on the Constitution, and it took ten years to be ratified, so I would hope it would have lasted as long as it has. In terms of what I would change in the Constitution, I personally believe that the death penalty is not "cruel and unusual punishment" and should be clarified in the Constitution, and if not in the Constitution is should be clarified that that issue alone, the death penalty, is to be left up to the states. The process of amending the Constitution seems fair to me. I like the fact that it is as strenuous as it is. I wouldn't want an amendment that would change the course of the United States as we know it when the decision to pass it isn't darn near unanimous. As for my next amendment to the Constitution, I don't know how it would be worded or carried out, but there might have to be and amendment pertaining to privacy and speech on the internet. With some of the more recent events such as a man threatening his ex-wife on Facebook and the question of "Was he truly intending to hurt and/or threaten her", it seems that an amendment is eminent.

12/9/2014
Sidney/MT
Mark
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe the Constitution has endured because of the short broad amendments that every citizen can understand. I agree with Holly in that I do not believe the Constitution needs to be changed. I personally believe that any changes or amendments that need to be added are passed in a very democratic style that causes our Constitution with the ability to adapt over time. Two thirds house vote has worked in the past and I can't imagine a new system that would be a better answer. I believe that no amendment in the Bill of Rights should b infringed upon. I also dont believe social media should be an outlet for what should be added to the constitution. If a person wants a law to be passed they should do it at their state legislature.

12/9/2014
Sidney/Montana
Brady
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The United States Constitution has endured for more than 225 years due to its broad structure, range of flexibility, and relatively short length. It consists of less than 6,000 words, which is quite small compared to the 117,000 word-long Indian Constitution (gilderlehrman.org). The Framers purposefully created the United States Constitution this way so it could adapt with its changing society. Surprisingly, George Washington thought the Constitution would only last for 20 years (gilderlehrman.org)! He would be astounded that it has lasted for this long, but I believe he would also be disappointed with all the problems our country is facing today. I disagree with Ciara and believe that the Constitution should be slightly changed. In my opinion, this changing shouldn’t involve taking anything out, but adding a couple things in. One of these changes follows an idea proposed by Justice John Paul Stevens of giving states the ability to perform federal duties in emergency situations. Sometimes the states need the power necessary to handle the various situations they find themselves in. Secondly, I believe an amendment should be added that requires all United States citizens to serve their country through a recognized volunteer organization for at least 6 months during the ages 18-26. This would lead to a well-rounded citizenry that appreciates the benefits their country provides. I support the process of amending the Constitution. It involves very specific and direct requirements, only allowing what is best for our country to become law. The next Constitutional amendment should be one requiring 6 months of service as referenced to earlier. More and more citizens are becoming discontent with what they have, and this service requirement would unite Americans with a sense of pride in their country. Lastly, using social media to change the Constitution is not a good idea. This is leaning towards a direct democracy, which is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind.

12/9/2014
Sidney/MT
Kory
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The Constitution has lasted a very long time, and I believe it is due to basic rights that the framers outlined in the Bill of Rights. For the most part, these amendments have stood the test of time and are still in the hearts of Americans today as they were 200 years ago. I would agree with Gresh that we should not change the constitution a whole lot, but some details could be added for clarification. For example, the Supreme Court could decide if the 2nd Amendment grants gun rights to individual citizens or militias once and for all. Then we could pass this resolution as an amendment in Congress. I really don't believe that any amendments need to be taken out of the Constitution. The process of amending the Constitution is sound, in my opinion, because it makes it difficult for just any idea to be written in the document. I would not have social media used to amend the Constitution because people wouldn't take it as seriously. If a new amendment would be ratified, I would have it include women in registering for the draft for equality even if they don't have to be in combat.

12/8/2014
Sidney/MT
Kortney
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I believe that our Constitution is very well written. I believe it has endured so long because of the very fact that it is so broad. The Founders left it very broad because they knew that it would need to be added to, ratified, and in some cases changed completely. I also believe that most people have a lot of respect for our Constitution and the Founders of it. Federal officers are required to take an oath to it, leading to the honoring of our Constitution. I believe it has been ratified to fit the needs of all Americans. I disagree with Matt from Newbury Park, California, because I think we have been doing our best to keep up with the always-changing government, and it has worked thus far. If I could change anything on the Constitution I would just make things more specific such as the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I believe this is a very controversial Amendment because of the different ways it can be interpreted. I think that it should be available for hunting and protection, as long as the owner is licensed. I think that the way the Constitution is amended is fair. As the article said, an amendment can be amended if and only two-thirds of the House of Representatives and the Senate approve then three-fourths of the legislatures have to sign off on it before going through with the change. I believe that this is a very large majority of the people who govern us, and I believe that this is a fair way to get peoples’ say on certain issues of the Constitution. I can’t think of another amendment that needs to be added, but I do not think that social media needs to be a part of changing the Constitution unless technology gets so out of hand that it is absolutely necessary to do so.

12/8/2014
Sidney/MT
Holly
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I am disagreeing with what Tom Ginsburg said in the article that the Constitution has not lasted because of its broadness; because I think it is. People have interpreted it differently throught the years and it has survived. If we should do anything to the current U.S. Constitution I think there should be a limit on how many terms a congressman can serve. Also said in the article, clarifying what is cruel and unusual punishment should be put in there. I also agree with what Aquilla said for clarifying the Second Amendment so there isn't all this debating on what can or cannot be done. I think the process of amending the Constitution should be the same so it's not super easy and people get crazy adding unneeded Amendments.

11/13/2014
Sidney, Montana
Taylor and Ciara
Sidney High School
I would change the constitution by setting the legal drinking age at 18. Giving the right to 18, 19, and 20 year olds the right to drink alchol outside of school and work. If you are old enough to fight for your contry you are old enough to be able to drink with your peers.

11/13/2014
Sidney, Montana
Ciara
Mr.Faulhaber Sidney high school
I dont think the constitution should be changed.

11/13/2014
Sidney/Montana
Cody
Mr.Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think the Constitution has lasted so long because it has good points in it.

11/13/2014
Sidney/Montana
Malorie
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I don't think the Constitution needs to be changed.

11/13/2014
Sidney, MT
Tessah
Mr. Faulhaber
I think its good enough.

11/13/2014
Sidney MT
Johnathan
Sidney High School
All in all I think the Constitution has been written good.

11/13/2014
MT
Aquilla
SHS
I feel that if we are going to change anything in the consitition is that we need to make the Second Amendment more clear on if the people have the rights to bare arms or if the military does. To me everyone has to right to have a gun to protect themsevles and provide for their family. Because if you think about it the people are the military and the military is formed by the people.

11/13/2014
Sidney, Mt.
Aaron
Sidney High School
I think the constitution should be left alone? Mixing social Media in a formal document would also be a horrible idea.

11/13/2014
Sidney, MT
Audria
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
Personally, I have no feelings to change the Constitution. It's fine just the way it is. There are some things I think could be explained better, but other than that I'm contempt. The process of amending the Constitution is a decent time frame. I don't know what all goes into amending it, but I assume it takes time. Social media should not be used to change the Constitution. You can't trust social media.

11/13/2014
Sidney MT
Madison
Mr. Faulhaber
I don't think that we should change the Constitution very much. It has obviously lasted all these years for a reason. The amendments are simple and timeless. It protects our basic rights.

11/13/2014
Montana
Brady
Sidney High school
I think there are some revisions we should do on the constitution. Times have changed since 1776 and there are a few issues that have changed over time and we should revise the constitution.

11/13/2014
Sidney Montana
Gresh
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe we shouldnt change alot from the constitution because it has lasted this long and has done well so i dont think we should try and switch it up now. I alos think the people should respect the government and their decisions.

10/13/2014
FL
Karen
FLVS
write a letter to Obama

9/10/2014
arizona
sam
csd
i think if you write the president a letter maybe he would change a few things.

12/18/2013
Orlando,FL
Daana
Chain of lake middle school
if you would make I change to the constitution (a new amendment),what would it be and why?

11/8/2013
West Virginia
Bob
Mr. Estevez
I would require judges to be citizens as well as limiting voting rights to citizens. I would also replace the Electoral College with direct voting system. I would finally illegalize abortion and the death penalty, restrict citizenship to natural persons (not corporations), set both the voting and military ages to twenty-one, and require the government to balance the budget every five years or a state of emergency is declared.

10/4/2013
Illinois
Maggie
Maze
THE shutdown affects good people of THE U.S. Shutdown THE shutdown lease

8/11/2013
Newbury Park, CA
Matt
Wade/Newbury Park
We need to throw it out and start anew. Some amendments (such as the 1st) should be kept, but its starting to crack, particularly with separation of powers as they are, and has lasted in large part due to the state of apotheosis the document and its writers were given.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg
Mike
Central Dauphin High School
i would change the constitution by taking a pencil writing a strongly worded letter to mr obama hoping he will change it

1/10/2013
south carolina
Rebekah
psa
many say: “The United States Constitution is a healthy document which still serves our nation exceptionally well and does not need drastic change or revision.” I partially disagree with this statement. I disagree with this statement because; in my opinion the constitution needs major changes and revision. When the constitution was created it had rights and regulations, these rights were the base of what we should have, but we don’t necessarily have all of them. For example, the freedom of speech is a right that should be given to all people, but now that we have it people are using it to serve their own purpose. They take it out of context, and use it harshly.

12/10/2012
CA
Yovana
MHS
The constitution has endured because it has set the stucture for the way the government is run, yet it gives no permanent fixture. The constitutions flexibalilty and adaptibality to different ages and occurences is what made it survive. I would not change any amendments. I think the next amendment might have something to do with social media.

12/5/2012
Florida
Rachel
Mr.Bob
I hate my homework on changing the Constitution because there is nothing to change, it's already great!

11/13/2012
Austin, Texas
Steve
Mrs. Rank Grisham Middle School
I would change Amendment 22 Limit On Presidential Terms (1951). I would change this to where the President can be the President as long as he or she is re-elected. Or until natural, physical or mental death occurs/ or he or she resigns.

10/30/2012
Sidney, MT
Alec
Faulhaber
I would add an amendment for term limits. Alot of the corruption that comes from our government today comes from the fact that people try to get re elected instead of trying to make the country a better place for people. If there are term limits, then people will try to do the best they can while they are still in office to improve America.

10/24/2012
Watertown, Massachusetts
Charlie
Mr. Rimas
I would add some sort of Amendment that would change how campaigns can be financed. Almost all politicians are corrupt and usually candidates with the most money win, not the ones with the best ideas. I would also make it so only individuals can donate money, not corporations or Super PACs. Most of the time in politics it seems like candidates are working for their donors and not for the people and it shouldn't be that way.

10/24/2012
Watertown Massachusetts
Gregory
Remis, Watertown High School
The Constitution has endured because it touches more on broad ideals than specifics. This has allowed for adapting interpretations as time has gone on, while maintaining the basic tenets of freedom in the United States. There is some room for change, but this should only be for the sake of clarity. The First and Fourth Amendments should be clarified in the extent to which they go, and the Second Amendment should be reworded to better establish what it protects. I agree with the current process of amending the constitution, and believe that the next amendment should concern whether it is the right of the states or federal government to regulate substance. I personally believe it is the states' responsibility.

10/24/2012
Watertown/ma
Arda C.
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
I would not change anything in the Constitution, because we have done so well that other countries started to copy our constitution and do good like us. So I would not want to change something and take the risk of country going bad.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Stephanie
Rimas/Watertown
The Constitution has proved to be a highly elastic document since its inception. It has survived in an largely unedited state because its laws are timeless. For over 200 years, the Bill of Rights has protected the most basic rights that secure our well-being. Today's society has utilities like Twitter and Facebook at its disposal; Still, we still live under the same rights as before because they are applicable. The Constitution survives because its framers made it vague enough to function during any time period. Since the document has successfully survived for this long and has not been amended since 1992, it must be doing its job. At the moment, there doesn't seem to be any glaring loopholes or faults in the Constitution. One could argue that a few articles need clarification, but the people will speak up when they want change. Although the the people should be heard and listened to if they are dissatisfied with the Constitution, I don't think we should use social media to change the Constitution. The Internet is a good place to start conversation and discussion about issues. However, we should not let citizens directly take part in the government. That is why this country's government is a representative democracy.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Brittany
Rimas/Watertown
As of right now, there are no major changes I would make to the Constitution. It is a sound document that has stood tests and trials for a reason. But, we live in a time where there are big social changes coming about. Gay rights and women's rights are becoming more and more sought after. I believe that one day some type of amendment should be made to protect the rights of all people to love who they choose to love and be who they are. I also believe there should eventually be an amendment made that truly makes men and women equal.

10/24/2012
Watertown
Amanda
Rimas
I wouldn't take anything out of the constitution just because that is a document that has been the guideline for generations. I think that there should be another constitution addressed with more guidelines and laws for this generation considering a lot has changed.

10/16/2012
Irving/Tx
Jazmyn
Bradley/Nimitz
If I had to change anything about the Constitution it would be the fact that its not updated. It needs to fit modern society. The Bill Of Rights needs to stay the same. The view on the constitution needs to change for example when people read the amendments, How one person interrupts the constitution may not be how another person interrupts it. I would be more specific, so that way when someone looks back they will have a accurate answer to go by. I do not think that Iceland made a wise decision by basing their constitution off of what people said on they social media, because there are a lot of bias opinions.

10/5/2012
Irving/Texas
Cody
Austin/Academy
I think the Constitution has endured because the people who made it, had a sense of what was going to happen later in the life of their country. I would not change the Constitution. I think the process of amending the constitution is too strenuous. I think the Constitution should stay the same. I think that social media should have nothing to do with changing the Constitution.

10/5/2012
Irving, TX
Chibueze
Austin/JESA
The Constitution has endured because it has shaped America for centuries. I wouldn't change anything in it, nor would I take out anything. The process for amending the Constitution is rather difficult because not many amendments can get though. The Constitution has enough amendments as it is, and social media shouldn't get involved with it, in my opinion.

10/3/2012
Irving, TX
Stephen S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The U.S. constitution is a carefully written document that has made America what it is today. It is the center of America and the most important document in this country. I don't think anything needs to be changed in it. The United States was built around it and primarily everything that was not addressed has been addressed in the amendments that have been written. The document is fine how it is and no revision is needed to it.

9/30/2012
Irving,Texas
Lily
Bradley/Nimitz
I would change the constitution by adding the Equal Rights Amendment because women don't have constitutional protection against discrimination. Although the 19th amendment was passed it only gives us the right to vote. That alone will not, and has not ended discrimination. Nowadays,women still encounter it in their everyday lives. For example, sometimes women aren't given a job for the mere fact that they're female and are thought to be incapable of doing such a task. When women are given the opportunity,sometimes they aren't being payed as much as a man would. It shouldn't matter what sex you are,as long as you do your job,and do it well. Women should be guaranteed equal rights!

9/28/2012
Belleville, New York
Erin
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I honestly wouldn't change a thing in the Constitution. We've gone so long with it and it seems to be working for everyone. Everyone is granted with equal rights and it's all fair!

9/27/2012
Irving,Texas
Sona
Bradley Nimitz
I would not change anything about the constitution's articles or amendments because., its been the basic guideline for our country for the past few decades. True that we should change according to time. However,changing the articles/amendments will lead to more and more problems in society. Another reason why i would not change the Constitution is because it has please majority of Americans. The next constitutional amendment should be that everyone gets treated equally no matter what background they come from. Even though they say " everyone's treated equally in america" its not true in most of the cases.

9/26/2012
Irving/TX
Marisol
Bradley/Nimitz
The constitution has endured because of the way we, as a government, keep it strong. The constitution may not be a document that crosses our minds every second, but it is a document that plays a role when we have some kind of issue brought by the people. An example would be the 1st amendment. In various cases, many people will say, “I can say whatever I want; I have freedom of speech.” Well, it can be agreed that it's true, but the way this amendment is interpreted is not accurate. Even though the 1st amendment states the right to freedom of speech, I would change it. It is not clear to some people that the 1st amendment was set for the purpose of freedom of speech towards political views. So, I would make it more clear. Now, I can't say that I would take any out because I think the amendments we have now play a role to everyday life and liberty, and I wouldn't want to mess with any of that. When regarding the process of ratifying amendments, I think it's legit. The fact that amendments must be approved by 2/3 of the House and Senate, and signed off by ¾ of the states shows how serious it is to ratify any amendment. On the other hand, with using technology and social media to pitch ideas is not a bad idea. Just because ideas are thrown out there doesn't mean they're ALL going to be accepted. Having other people's ideas listened to can lead to changes, and change could be good.

9/26/2012
irving/Texas
Jennifer R
Bradley/ Nimitz
The Constitution has endured so long becuase of the way it was setup, the constitution was set up to put boundries betweent the people and there powers. The constitution shouldn't be changed because the way it is presently seems to be managing everthing perfectly. Although, if the constitution were to be changed then social media would be very useful because our generation is more technologically advanced than when the constitution was originally made. Since our generation is more advanced, then more people would be apart and would participate with their input on changes to the constitution.

9/25/2012
Irving/Texas
Chhering
Bradley/Nimitz
Constitution has endured due to change of society. I would not change any Constitution's article or amendment because every that is in the amendment is keeping me alive. Using social media to change Constitution is helpful most of the time but I would prefer changing the Constitution face to face.

9/25/2012
Irving/Tx
Ashley C
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the Constitution should not be changed. After over 200 years, we are still alive. After enduring thousands of problems, our government is still running. The Constitution and the amendments help run our lives. Not in a bad way, but in the same way of children needing their parents. If the Constitution gets changed, I believe there will be major downfalls, and our government could possibly come crumbling down like the Roman Empire.

9/25/2012
Irving Texas
Jasmin T.
Ms. Bradley
The Constitution has shaped our world how it is today. If I had to change one thing about the constitution it would be the First Amendment- Freedom of Speech. I wouldn't necessarily change the entire but I'd make it a bit more specific. The whole concept of "freedom of speech" is that your able to say what you want, but not always. When I think of freedom I think of no limits, especially with what your thinking. I would be very specific on what your allowed to say and when. For example if you got arrested you may be in a lot more trouble if you express your anger through words, even with out using profanity. As I said I would just be more specific.

9/25/2012
Rudyard, MT
Donovan
Ms.Campbell / NorthStar
How would you change the Constitution? I think Tom Ginsburg knows what he is talking about. If i change the constitution, it would been the same things, i wouldnt change it one bit. The people of US need Freedom of speech(First Amendment). They need to speek what they think about the government and the wars. The 27 amendments were made for a reason. To make US as it was.

9/24/2012
Irving/Texas
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
The constitution has worked and has kept the country with a working. The amending process is functional, reasonable and just. What I would change or add would be an amendment that could possibly bring the controversy of illegal immigration down and have a solution to the “Dreamers”. When it comes to social media to change the constitution it may be a good idea since more people could be informed about the change but it could also serve as a harm since the internet and social media may not provide enough or the right information.

9/24/2012
Irving/Tx.
Katie D
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the Constitution has endured so long because our society has, for the most part, kept it's ideals; such as freedom, equality, and justice. I don't think I would change anything about our constitution. It's lasted 225 years and is still working. Why fix what isn't broken? It think that the process for amending, however, should be made little more public. Even though, we do elect our Congress to represent us, sometimes it seems as if we aren't being represented very well and it would be nice to know more about what's going on in Congress. I don't know what the next amendment should be, and I don't think I could make a fair judgment on what should be. I think that using social media is a great idea. Our society is very opinionated and usually go to social media to rant and complain, That's a great way to find out what's on the minds of out society.

9/23/2012
Irving/TX
Cindy M
Bradley/Nimitz
One thing i would change or add to the constitution is allowing same sex marriage. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. If you want to marry someone gender should not stop you. The constitution does not mention at all and i think it should. People should have the right to marry the person they are in love with.

9/21/2012
Irving/ TX
Jennifer T
Bradley/ Nimitz
I don't believe the constitution needs to be changed. Even if it did, it is not and should not be our top concern. America used to be seen as a leading nation, we were regarded as "America the great". The historian, Machiavelli once said "it is better to be feared than loved", but as Newsweek Magazine has stated America, is neither.

9/21/2012
Irving Texas
Frankie R
Bradley Nimitz
It is a well rounded document thats have proven its strength through time. No, i would leave everything as is. Mainly because since it has lasted this long and pleased the majority of Americans. It was put together by the best people of that time with the best of their ability. I don't think there will be another amendment added, nor that their should be. Using social media is a good way to talk about the constitution, but no to change it.

9/20/2012
Irving, Tx
Dominic
Bradley/Nimitz
Why would you fix something that isn't broken. We have arguably been one of the most successful countries in the world in the last 200 years because we have such a rock solid constitution. I honestly wouldn't change a thing about the Constitution. I also think social media has no place in the Constitution.

9/20/2012
Irving/Texas
Vanessa C.
Bradley/Nimitz
The Constitution has been all this year intact because of the amendments and the rights that everyone has even though we are limited. When it comes to change something I wouldn't change any of the articles neither the amendments because those are the amendments that has been helping the leaders of this country. But something that they should implement it would be the immigration situation for those students that have been making a effort to succeed in life , students that have been in the U.S for about 7 years and don't have bad criminal record. And about the social media I think that this will not help because most of the people that use the social media don't even know the constitution. That will cause a big problem to us and the rest of the country.

9/19/2012
lorton,VA
larry
Mr.Busch
I think that the Constitution has endured because although the Constitution was written over 200 years ago, I say its obsolutly important because it is our basic rights and limits the governments power. I would not change a thing because its brilliant. The next Constitutional amendment it would be gay marriage because i think its kinda of free speech and that one of our rights, to have the right to stand up for whats right. Using social media is a good idea but kinda on the high level of improffesionla.

9/19/2012
Irving
Davidson
Malcom/Nimitz
Our Constitution ,is very important for the progress of this Country .

9/19/2012
Irving/TX
Daniela R
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the Constitution has endured this much time because the Founding Fathers left many of the decisions up to the future leaders and people of America. I don't think I would change any of the articles or amendments or take any out. The process of amending the Constitution seems as correctly done as it could be. the biggest issue on my mind at the moment would be immigration, so I believe an amendment to settle all the immigration would be useful. I'm on the fence about the social media thing, I believe that it could work or not.

9/18/2012
Irving, TX
Sandra
Bradley/Nimitz
The constitution of the United States Of America is very well written, it has lasted longer than other constitutions and we should be proud of that. The next amendment to be to legalize immigrants that have been in the U.S.A for more than 8 years and who came legally to this country so they can become residents. I think too much discrimination has been granted in the U.S and it needs to stop. I wouldn't use social media to change the constitution. Many people in the internet don't know about politics and they would make problems rather than solve them.

9/18/2012
Irving, Texas
Ashley P
Nimitz High School
Compared to the other various constitutions, our U.S constitution has proven to be one of the best, if not the best. By allowing the People the chance of making amends to the constitution, we allow the constitution to change with modern America. By exercising this policy, we now have added 27 amendments to our once very straightforward laws. I wouldn't necessarily change anything about the constitution, but I would ask our founding fathers to clarify and expand on some of the amendments to get a better picture of what they had in mind. Using social media to change the constitution would not be a good idea because not all of our population is educated on the subject, which in terms means that, they would not make well informed decisions.

9/18/2012
Irving/TX
Sandra C.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the Constitution has endured a lot, therefore I would not change anything. I think the next Constitutional amendment should be that immigrants are welcome to this country, but they must go through a background check on all records from the country they came from to make sure that they would not be dangerous to have in the U.S. Using the media to change the Constitution is a bit tricky because many people are just strongly opinionated selfishly instead of for the good of everyone.

9/18/2012
Irving/Texas
Maria
Malcom/Nimitz
I think I would't change anything from the Constitutions articles or amendments. All the articles and amendments for me are clearly set told so there's no other amendment I would want to put.

9/18/2012
Irving/ Texas
Osama
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
I think the constitution was a well written document that set up our great nation to become what it is today.

9/18/2012
Irving, TX
Jonathan
Malcom/Nimitz
Yes, the constitution may have some small problems, but I think making changes to it would just cause or create more problems.

9/17/2012
Irving, TX
Kasey
Austin/JESA
Our Constitution compared to others has endured more than two centuries with not many amendments because it is still relevant to us now as it was back when first penned. The details placed, despite the progress we believe we have made still work because people themselves have not changed. There need be no major changes, and if something were to be, then that is what the Amendment process is for. Though some modern clarifications could be used, especially with our growing technology. Also perhaps to make sure that everyone, no difference withstanding get the same rights. No one can have more or less than another; sex, orientation, race and ect should not be a factor on anything other than it is simply who you are.

9/16/2012
Irving, TX
Bethany
Bradley/Nimitz
The United States Constitution is unlike any other constitution in that it isn't endless in prose, and that it is able to be changed without having to be rewritten. The articles and amendments as they are currently have given we Americans the freedom we enjoy today. If the laws and liberties were written any other way, we wouldn't know the same freedom we have presently. If the process of amending the constitution were any simpler than two-thirds of Congress approving, then legislatures in three-fourths signing off on it, then the laws that are just and necessary for furthering our liberties would be accompanied by laws that are made in haste and don't benefit the people as a whole. If an amendment is appropriate and justified in its enactment, then it won't matter the difficulty of the amending process, it will eventually become part of our nation's list of liberties. Using social media to amend the constitution would be a mistake. Often, ideas and statements made on these types of media are given in a cursory and one-sided manner; it would be impossible to gain a full picture of the people's opinion as a whole because of the millions of different variations of opinions that would be given on these websites.

9/15/2012
Irving/Texas
Linda G
Ms. Bradley/Nimitz
The constitution has survived all these years is of course because of all the details it contains. Also because the process of amending the constitution is very lengthy, this allows the constitution to be stable and not be dragged down by all the amendments that would pass if the process was a simple one. Honestly, i don't think any change should be made to the constitution. The fact that it has lasted all these years show that every amendment plays a part so none of them should be removed. Plus, until a major issue comes up that cannot be solved with any of the amendments that are already in the constitution, adding a new wouldn't be necessary.

9/14/2012
benson, az
alissa m.
sorenson benson
i think that the constitution is fine because they had created many back them and put it all together in one so i think the the constitution is fine and should be left alone. also social media can cause a big problem i think it should be done normal because media now a days is too much for certain things.

9/14/2012
Benson, AZ
Dylan B. #5
Mr. Sorenson/ Government
The Constitution has endured because other governments have used the idea and followed it. The Constitution these days is more talked about and evolved and used. I would change nothing in the Constitution.

9/14/2012
Irving,TX
Andrea
Austin/JESA
I think the constitution has endured because because it was based off other successful constitutions and took examples from those. I would agree with the term limits on judges. I would not take any out. I think it is a long process but it is necessary because if something gets passed then you know it is what most people feel is the right thing to do. I think using social media is a good idea because you can hear everyone's thoughts on certain things.

9/14/2012
Lorton/VA
Paola
Mr.Dorceus/Hayfield Secondary
The consitution, how it is now is proper, clean, understanding, and right. What i would do to change the consitution, or at least add something on it to change it or make it better is enforce the 19th amendment further for residents from other countries also with visa's. Also, women still, to this day get paid a little less then men do. Women are very inteligent and have a lot of oppurtunites, women have had the issue for a while and with the 19th amendment eforced women will be able to do greater things and possibly be more successful then somje men could be. Thje constitution isn't fully completled, there needs to be more added, like in the article how Icelandhad to update their consitution to keep up with the modern society, we too need to keep up, but also keep our nation's consituition protected as an important historical document.

9/14/2012
Lorton, VA
Brian
Mr.Dorceus
I think that the constitution has endured because of the information it holds. I would not change anythng about the U.S constitution because I agree with everything that it proposes. And I think that the process of amending the constitution is very long, rigorous and complex process. If I were to create the next ammendment to the constitution, I would probably make it regulate the amount of oversea jobs for America. And I agree with using social media to change the constitution because the government is supposed to be for the people.

9/14/2012
Alexandria Va
Kavon
Mr.Busch Hayfield Secondary
If I could the Constitution change the voting age to 15 or 16 because I think at that age your mature enough and know what you want in a president that would lead the country. Another law I wouldst change is the drinking age to 18. Since 18 is the age where you become a legal adult then you have the right to drink. Also when your 18 you can vote you are able to buy tobacco products so why can you purchase alcohol.

9/13/2012
Irving/TX
Mayra Z
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe the constitution has endured because it is a detailed constitution that has every point specifically clarified, like according to Ginsburg a more detailed constitutions last a longer time. Also, when the constitution was signed by the 9 states out of the 12 states that were there they found out that most of those rules and regulations could actually apply in any situation or conflict or even experience the United States could pass through and they also believed that the future changed so they also put in concepts that could apply any future time but they allowed future changes by adding amendments. I would not take out any because I believe all the amendments make a great difference in the United States and without those changes there could be an unstable and unfair United States governments. I believe that if i add an amendment it would be an amendment that allows citizens to choose the supreme courts judges, because we don't really get informed well of who are the life long running judges and we are a democracy where people are supposed to elect.I believe using social media is a good way of changing the constitutions because it gives the people's opinions and if it's in the media its because its an important issue and a very popular one too.

9/13/2012
Irving/Tx
Hector S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The Constitution has endured so long because of its purpose. The Constitution does not establish a tyranny, it establishes a government that protects the people. I would not change any of the articles, nor the amendments. They have been given so much time and thought for people to change them in an instant. The Founding Fathers sacrificed 3 months into developing the constitution with the sole purpose of helping the citizens of the United States, not themselves. The process of amending the Constitution is not an easy one and should stay the way it is. To be honest, I have no idea what the next amendment should be. I don't believe that using the social media to change the constitution is a good idea. There are a lot of people who are selfish and do not think of others, they do not have political knowledge to change such an important document.

9/13/2012
Virginia
Brianna
Mr. Dorceus
I think the constitution should be changed, as we grow as a nation and as more larger problems occur. I believe the constitution has endured for a couple of reaons. One people don't like change, and it would be to hard and time consumming to change. I wouldn't because the amendment protect are rights as a people. i wouldn't take any admendments out. I believe the process of amending the constitution is long but works. I don't have an opinion of what the next constitutional amendment should be. I think using social media is a good idea, and I think that more people would be involed, myself included. The last time i learned about the process was in the 8th grade!

9/13/2012
Alexandria, VA
Monica
Mr Brush and Mr. Dorceus
because there is a reason why they wrote the articles and the amendments. i would not change anything form the articles nor the amendments. No i would not take anything away i would keep it, dont you think why there is a reason why its there? yes. its good to use the social media beacuse people would be able to do many things and say as well. but i think its good.

9/13/2012
Virginia
Khadijah M.
Mr. Busch
Because the constitution has been amended only when the people or government recognize a widespread problem. I think the constitutions articles and amendments are pretty set, i wouldn't change or remove anything for right now. The process to amend the constitution is pretty tough, but clearly taken seriously. So that's good. I don't have many ideas or thoughts to add to the next constitutional amendment. I think that using social media to change the constitutions is almost clever. Through social media, we can get different views and many ideas people have brainstormed from all over. That would be dope.

9/13/2012
alexandria, Va
Tyrrah
bush
If I had the chance to change the constitution i would definalty add more to the constutuion about women being equally paid as men. there has been a little portion of the constutuion about womens rights to vote and them being successful in their own live. Before the constution even wrote that women would get certain libertys as men did. i would make it so that it has to be required that women of every race get paid equal as men. i feelthat some companys are still a little sexes and it should be based on that persons work ethnic rather than if they are a man or female.

9/13/2012
Irving/ TX
Amber P
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
Citizens see the Constitution as a non-religious bible of sorts, even though the writers didn't write it as such. I really don't think the the Constitution needs much alteration. For example, making the judges terms shorter would have them caring about citizen pressure- which is not good for the judges. I would get rid of the 3rd Amendment, because we never use it now. I think we need to refresh somethings, like we would need to do with any old documents. I would add, the government require a balanced budget. I don't like the idea of using social media to change the Constitution, it just doesn’t seem professional to me.

9/13/2012
Irving, Tx
Sabrina
Austin/JESA
I believe the Constitution has endured the test of time because changes are allowed to be made to it, it is not set in stone. I believe the amendments are fine as are, but if possible I would add another amendment. I would not take out any. The process of amending the Constitution is long and tedious, however it is not necessarily a bad thing, a true determination for change will overcome that obstacle for what is right. The next amendment should perhaps ensure certain human rights for all people residing in the US. I disagree with using social media to change the Constitution, not everyone is well informed enough to make a permanent change in a country's system of government.

9/13/2012
Irving, Tx
Cristina
Austin/JESA
The Constitution has become stronger because it was to the point on guidelines on what the nation expects.I would change first amendment. Yes, it grants freedom, but it is intended for American citizens not everyone. It should apply to everyone because everyone that comes to America mainly comes for the American Dream. Right now I would not take out any amendment since they great and are necessary to create /maintain order. The process of amending an amendment is very strict, having to go through several agreements with Congress, having the President approve it, then it goes under processes. If I were to make an amendment it should be one based on education for the future. It doesn't matter if the person is a legal citizen or not. The social media does have a impact on the Constitution since the opinions of a lot of people are on social media and or news articles. In more recent years the internet and a lot of other people may have an impact on changing the Constitution.

9/13/2012
Irving, Texas
Angel
Austin/JESA
The Constitution has lasted for over 200 years for a good reason. There is nothing on the constitution that seemed outrageous or any amendments that take the rights of the people or make them distrust the government. I would not change the constitution in any form or matter since the constitution.The current amendments don't seem outrageous and the process to amend the constitution seem proper in my opinion. An amendment needs 2/3 of the senate and 3/4 of the house of representative vote for it to be approved and placed in the constitution. The amendment process for the constitution requires for the house and senate to agree and approve the amendment. The constitution was written to last for a very long time.

9/12/2012
Irving/ TX
Kristian
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
I think the Constitution has endured so long because amendments are allowed to be made to it. The amendments are made to go along with the changes in America. The Constitution isn't the same as it was when it was first written. The only thing I would change about the Constitution would be to clarify some of the amendments, like the NY times Scholars said. But, other than that the Constitution is perfectly fine. The amendment process may be a little long and hard, but its better to have the amendment thoroughly looked over before it is ratified to the Constitution. I think the next constitutional amendment should deal with all citizens being able to have a good education not matter what. I think using social media to change the constitution is a pretty good idea as long as people take it seriously and give on topic opinions.

9/12/2012
Irving,TX
Chris
Austin/JESA
I think that the reason why the U.S. Constitution has made it this long is because there is nothing outrageous about any of the amendment that would make people not follow and if there is clarification or change we can always amend the constitution. I would not change anything on the Constitution or take anything out. The amendment process seems fair because you have to get majority vote to get the amendment passed. It is a difficult task to get 3/4 of the house to agree on something so if the amendment can make it then it will last. Social media can really make a change in changing the Constitution because it allows the people to be heard that aren't normally heard.

9/12/2012
Irving/ TX
Jonathan
Austin/ JESA
I believe that the Constitution has endured because it was straightforward, setting guidelines on what the nation should do. The Constitution wasn't weak, yet it wasn't extremely forceful, so it will not lead to any autocratic government. I would change first amendment a little. It does grant freedom, but it is probably geared towards the American citizens. Instead, it should apply to everyone as it will lead to the desired "American Dream". As of now, I wouldn't take out any amendment since they are so good & are necessary to create order. Honestly, the process of amending an amendment is very rigorous, having to go through several agreements with Congress, having the President approve it & then it goes under a series of processes. If I were to make an amendment, it should be one based on future education, regardless of being a legal citizen or not. The social media does have a big impact on the Constitution since it accesses the opinions of a lot of people, but in an easy location, known as the Internet. Especially in the modern world, the Internet may have a big impact on things as drastic as changing the Constitution.

9/12/2012
Irving, TX
Omar
Austin/JESA
I think that the Constitution has been durable because of the information that it contains. Like, all the words and the information can relate to every single citizen no matter. I guess that is why the Constitution is still standing and will keep on standing, in my opinion. I like the Constitution the way it is and as for me I wont add or change anything on it because if I add something I have to think about how is that going to affect other people in other places of the world and no just me or my neighbors. Having that much responsibility is way too much for me. I bet that if I was part of the making of the Constitution or something was added and I was part of it I would be extremely nervous,sweaty, and just straight up scared of what could happen if I added this or changed this or deleted that.

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