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Constitution Day: What should be the 28th Amendment to the Constitution?

September 16, 2015

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Constitution Day on Sept. 17 marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s founding document. The core of this remarkable document has endured with only 27 amendments passed since then.

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.

But just because the Constitution has lasted so long doesn’t mean it hasn’t been tweaked from time to time. Article V of the Constitution outlines the process of how the nation as a whole can amend the document. It isn’t easy. There are two ways to offer an amendment: A national constitutional convention must be called by two-thirds of the states (34 of 50 states) to make a change, or two-thirds of the Senate (67 of 100 senators) and two-thirds of the House of Representatives (290 of 435 representatives) must call for a change. Any proposed amendment must be approved by three-fourths (38 of 50) of the state legislatures or state conventions. Congress has approved only 34 amendments for submission to the states.

The reasoning for making the process so difficult was that the Founding Fathers feared the public could be easily swayed into changing the Constitution – without thinking about the consequences. By making the process harder than passing a law – which can be overturned by the Supreme Court or can be struck down by another law – new amendments would be less likely. An amendment to the Constitution requires another amendment to change it. For example, the 18th Amendment banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol. The 21st Amendment repealed that ban.

This is the reason that after the initial 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, we have made only 17 changes to the Constitution. These changes include:

• Abolishing slavery (13th Amendment)
• Granting citizenship to everyone born on American soil and providing equal protection under the law to all citizens (14th Amendment)
• Granting women the right to vote (19th Amendment)
• Setting term limits for the presidency (22nd Amendment)

The closest the United States has come to passing a 28th Amendment is the Equal Rights Amendment, which banned discrimination based on gender. It passed Congress in 1972 but fell three states short of ratification by the deadline in 1982. Lately, there has been talk of other amendments, including:

• Requiring a balanced federal budget every fiscal year.
• Banning corporations and unions from spending money to support or oppose candidates in elections.
• Banning automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens.
• Imposing term limits on members of Congress.  
• Abolishing the Electoral College.

What do you think?

Why do you think the Constitution has endured? Is it a good idea that the amendment process is difficult? If you could propose an amendment to the Constitution, what would it be? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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3/6/2018
Sidney/Montana
Carson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Constitution is a wonderful document that has protected the rights of the American people for close to 228 years. I believe that a 28th amendment should be to clarify on what the rights are of illegal immigrants and their children. It should be enforced that illegal immigrants should not be counted in the Electoral College. Illegals are also not given the same rights and benefits that tax paying citizens enjoy. These illegals are not protected under the Constitution and by stating exactly what their rights are, immigration problems such as the Dreamers will have better guidelines to go off of. We are a nation of immigrants but we also a nation of laws.

3/5/2018
Sidney
Kyle
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Constitution has endured for so long due to the fact that it is what holds our country accountable for nearly everything. It is the glue that binds the nation, in other words. I feel that the success of the United States as a whole can be connected to the Constitution directly. This being said, our nation is not perfect. It is important to review and renew from time to time, possibly leading to a necessary change. That's why amendments end up being made. I believe that the difficult process is very important to preventing what the Founding Fathers feared, the public easily being swayed into changing the Constitution without thinking about the consequences. The likely hood of it is that the majority of people will not fully understand how something could change the nation, and instead look at what a change could do for them. This is a scary mindset, but one many people have. If I could propose an amendment, I would agree with proposing a ban on automatic citizenship to children born to non-citizen parents. The time for automatic citizenship passed a long time ago, when we stopped importing slaves. Today, people are entering into the nation just to have a child, resulting in a future excuse to come to the country with some 'protections.' These people are removing the focus of safety from the American People, and turning the concerns onto foreigners. A nation should protect its people first, and this particular part of the fourteenth amendment could use a bit of a change to allow this.

3/5/2018
Sidney/MT
Luke
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
To be honest, I think the Constitution’s only endured as long as it has because people seem to have forgotten that several of the Founders believed that the Constitution would need revisions, and that elected officials would make changes based upon the nation’s evolving needs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not part of the “living document” crowd. I think it’s very fitting that the amendment process is so difficult – changing the foundational law of the land should never be a trivial task. The Constitution, with the addition of the original Bill of Rights, provided just about everything the nation needed at the time: a strong, stable central government of limited power; an enumeration of guaranteed rights; and a viable plan for how lawmakers and executives would be appointed. If I were to propose an amendment to the Constitution as it exists today, it would be one that requires a balanced federal budget every fiscal year. As it stands, our nation is laughably in debt, and Congress keeps perpetually raising the debt ceiling. Eventually, other nations are going to realize that the dollar has no real value anymore, and are going to call in their debts. Unless our government finds a way to balance the budget every year and start paying off our ludicrous debt, that will be the end of us. As such, having that amendment in place will help preserve our country.

3/5/2018
Sidney/Montana
Naomi Mata
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Constitution is a living document that changes with the time periods, that is why it has stayed endured since 1787. As time goes on instead of having another Constitution Convention we make changes to our document. The ability for the Constitution to change is quite amazing. It is good to make the Amendment process hard so people do not try to pass anything and everything. If I had to propose an amendment it would deal with immigrants and illegal immigrants. I would also add the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the First Amendment with freedom of religion.

3/5/2018
Sidney/MT
Madison
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Constitution has endured because it addresses the key issues brought about by a federalist government in ways that are still applicable today. The fact that the amendment process is difficult is a good thing. If it were easy, there would probably be many unnecessary amendments and even more that undo them, like the 18th and 21st amendments as stated in the article. Any amendments to the Constitution need to be well planned and widely supported. There are a few amendments I would make to the Constitution, but I think a balanced budget amendment is urgently needed. A balanced budget amendment would control spending and help bring down the debt ceiling.

3/5/2018
Sidney/MT
Myka
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Constitution has endured for more than 200 years, considering that it has "established a government that has served the citizens and has greatly protected the rights of the people", as stated on pbs.org. However, our government also has a lot of room for improvement, for issues such as national debt, campaign finances, and regulation of checks and balances. I believe that it is a smart idea that the amendment process is rather difficult. The Founding Fathers previously stated in the text that they "feared the public could be easily swayed into changing the Constitution-without thinking about the consequences." I could see eye to eye with this statement. If a change is going to be made to the Constitution, it should be fully thought-through, necessary, and should have a beneficial effect on the country as a whole. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution, I would ban automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. Immigrating "anchor babies" into the U.S. can cause many issues that our country does not need on its own plate. Undocumented immigrants are giving birth in the United States in order to increase their chances of staying and having immediate access to social programs. With that being said, automatic citizenship needs to end, before it gets out of control and continues to grow. Our country needs to put our problems before other countries' and should focus on our citizens first.

3/4/2018
Sidney/Montana
Tierney
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Constitution has endured over 200 years for various reasons. The Founders created a document that “established a government that has served the people well and has protected the rights of the people,” as an article on the U.S. Constitution website states. The Constitution incorporates a durable, stable structure for the government along with pliability, thus enabling liberty, but also restrictions among citizens. Multiple knowledgeable, experienced men wrote the Constitution, creating a terrific document that has lasted hundreds of years. I do believe it is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult. As the article mentions, “the Founding Fathers feared the public could be easily swayed into changing the Constitution – without thinking about the consequences.” I completely agree with this statement; a new amendment needs to be difficult to obtain to ensure it is something that is truly necessary and will be beneficial to the entire country. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution, it would deal with imposing term limits on members of Congress. I do not think Supreme Court Justices should serve for life upon good behavior. Rather, I would have them serve a maximum of 18 years, along with 6 years for the House of Representatives and 12 years for the Senate. Placing term limits on all members of Congress enables fresh, new ideas to work their way into the system, hopefully providing the people with the necessary changes to further benefit the ever-changing country we live in today.

12/30/2017
Glendale
Jerry L Hall
Mr meddlon
How could people just skip an admendment because our Constitution said there shall be a purge

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Skylar
Mr. Lewis
The constitution has endured because they covered all of the fundamentals for a working government. It has lasted so long because othrer than the amendments they've made its all covered. Yes it is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult. Amendments really should be hard to pass in general. They are major changes to the way we run our government and society. I would'nt propose one because i think that it is good just the way it is now. If it has lasted this long and worked efficiently, why change it more?

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Nakieta
Mr. Lewis
Out of the amendments listed i feel like birth right to citizenship should not be allowed. these people should still have to take a citizenship test and come back the right and legal way. They should not be allowed to have a child just to stay in the United States. If someone came into the United States legally then sure have a child and stay here, but if you are here illegally then you do not have a right or deserve to be here.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Allyson
Mr. Lewis
I think the Constitution has endured because it cover a large area of things that are extremely important. I do think that it's a good idea that the amendment process is difficult just so that something cannot get passed just because some people think it should be. I think that a very large number of people should have to agree on whatever the amendment may be for it to be put into action. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution, I would want it to provide universal health care. I think that every single person should have the choice of getting the proper health care that they need.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Montana
Jacey
Mr. Lewis
I think it's a good idea that the amendment process is difficult and there is a good reason why our Founding Fathers made it that way. If it wasn't, the Constitution wouldn't last as long and too many amendments would be changed or added. If a good amendment is offered, I think that our government would approve it and if not, then it doesn't need to be added to the Consitution.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Jordan
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think our constitution has endured so long as we had good headed people who wrote it and also that we have been able to make necessary changes. I believe it is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult as an amendment to the constitution is a big deal and they are hard to reverse. If I could propose an amendment to the constitution it would be to get rid of the electoral college. I believe our president should be voted in with a true popular vote.

9/16/2016
Sidney MT
Brenley
Sidney High School Mr. Lewis
If we were to add an amendment to the Constitution it would be about continuing government if a tragic event were to occur. We should be able to rely on the government if something catastrophic were to happen. The government is very important in keeping the country safe so if a tragic event happens, such as 911, they are needed to help keep everything in check and prevent chaos. I think that it is good that the process itself isn't very easy. The Constitution should not be easily mutated because proposed amendments may not always be beneficial.

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
John Beyer
Mr. Lewis/Sidney Highschool
I believe the constution has endured so long because we have men and women who stand by it and enforce it. And also it is explained fairly well. It doesn't focus power to just one person, but it spreads it out. It implemented checks and balances and ways for the government to self check its own branches.

9/16/2016
Sidney, mt
lane
Mr.lewis
I think the 28th amendment should be that the voters of this country should have to vote.

9/16/2016
sideny
diego
Mr. LEWIS:))
The 28th Amendment should be a forced balanced budget. This amendment, I believe, would help benefit the the government greatly and help us to not spend tremendous amounts. The implementation of a forced budget would help put America in a much better financial state and help with getting rid of the crippling debt that we are currently in. A budget would help with maintaining a more focused and prioritized government spending system due to there being a limit.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ MT
Adam
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
I think that the Constitution has endured so well because all Amendment have covered most of what we need to be considered free, and equal in the eyes of the people. I believe that the amendment process should be difficult because all amendments shouldnt just be thrown in their like it doesnt matter. They need to be well thought out and made sure that is for the better of the people. I agree with the thought of passing the Equal Rights Amendment. Consideration that ive met plenty of girls more capable of plenty of things than i am myself. So disrimination against gender i dont believe in.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Parker
Mr. Louis
I think the Constitution has endured, because laws are being enforced everyday. Not every law is followed, so new ones must me created. I believe that the process of the amendment should be difficult. If it is not a difficult thing to do, then that new amendment is pointless, because it clearly wasn't thought about hard enough. If I were to create an amendment it would be the best amendment.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Sabryna
Mr.Faulhaber/SHS
I think the Constitution has endured because of the adding of amendments that either help or correct the 10 amendments (the Bill of Rights). Yes it should be hard that means they are not just throwing in amendments that they did not spend a lot of time one. It means that we are getting amendments that means something and that are important to the nation and that they ado not belong in the trash. I think I would propose the Equal Rights amendment again. Equal Rights is still not an easy thing even in this time. People are treated different just because its against someones beliefs. If the amendment was passed and added then it would be connected to and correcting the first amendment. It would help many people of different backgrounds and help how the nation thinks of others that are usually looked down on.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
peachlyn
Faulhaber/SHS
I believe the constitution has endured because, we made changes as needed, we kept our fundamentals the same, which most people believe in. Yes i believe that the difficulty of the amendment process is good because we need to think about thee actions that we want to take, before we take them. Mandatory voting or to pay a high fine, should be a new amendment. We fought hard for the right to vote, so now we should have to, if we never express our opinions in who our leaders should be, then what was the point of fighting so hard?

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Logan
Mr. Lewis
I think the Constitution has endured because we have made necessary changes to it. An example of this includes abolishing slavery. If we could not have changed things in the constitution, and most people disliked the rule, problems would occure and maybe one day maybe it would be thrown out. But, being able to make changes has helped it endure. Yes, it is a good idea the amendment process is difficult so that not just everything thought of is passed. Everything needs to be thoroughly thought of. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution it would be what they tried to get it to be in 1972, banning discrimination based on gender. I believe this is an amendment that would benifit women in America in areas of career such as equal pay benefits. I think this is important because Women have become independent and deserve recognition.

9/16/2016
sidney/ montana
Jared Steinbeisser
lewis/sidney
If there was to be a 28th amendment it should be everyone in congress can serve for 2 terms. having this would get more ideas and different political views on stuff.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tanner
Mr. Lewis
The Constitution has endured, because it was written in the interest of the people and for the people. The idea that passing an amendment is difficult is smart. It allows for people to actually think about the consequences that could possibly come with passing that certain amendment. If I could propose an amendment to the constitution would be abolishing the Electoral College. I believe that we live in well informed country that is constantly exposed to social media that the citizens are capable enough to vote for themselves.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Madison Thiessen
Mr. Lewis Sidney High School
The constitution is a very old document. It provides guidelines to how the government is run. I believe that it is good that the amendment process is very difficult. It shouldn't be easy to change an amendment that will affect the entire nation. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution it would be to get rid of the electoral college. It takes away rights of Americans in picking their president. The electoral college holds too much power. The only problem is this process would be very difficult, because as the document said, an amendment to the Constitution requires another amendment to change it.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
Jared J
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
I think the Constitution has made it because of a few simple things. It has made changes when changes have been needed. It can be as simple as adding a new thing or getting rid of something that wasnt working and causing problems. It is a good idea for the amendment process to be difficult. I believe it was easy then there would be a lot more things passed that might not work. Its difficult so the people can make the right choice and make sure that everything will work in this new Amendment. I would propose the banning the automatic citizenship one. I dont feel that its right to have babies getting a citizenship when there parents dont have one. If your parents dont have it then i feel that you should also be forced to take the test to be a citizen. Its no fair to the people who actually have to take the tests when the babies automatically get it.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Sierra
Mr Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think the constitution has endured for the fact that it is so hard to change it. This process is in no way overkill because there has to be major thought process going into these amendments. Without that proper thought process the constitution would be full of amendments that weren't necessary.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tia
Sidney High School
I think that the amendment process is so difficult because you have to think and actually figure out if thats what you really want. If you do it right away and not wait for everything to go through and all the tough work would be for nothing because it would be a stupid amendment.

9/16/2016
sidney, mt
Miller
Faulhaber
I think the next amendment should be to ban automatic citizenship to the child of an illegal imigrant. It is not right for them to be granted such a precious title upon people who have not rightly earned it. A second runner up would be to put term limits on congress. Then, i think getting rid of the electoral college and electing leaders with the popular vote should be the next option.

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
Taylor Schepens
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
I think it is good that the amendment process is so difficult. I to also think that if it wasnt so difficult our citizens would take advantage of it and vote for something without thinking about what would happen in the long run. It is a very good thing that the process has to be viewed and voted on by so many people so that we have time to think about what would happen.

2/22/2016
Murrieta/CA
Trevor
Mr.J
Free Press is something that many societies hold near and dear to them. Free press is essential and the content in those papers should not be edited unless they are completely unappropriate. For example, a school should edit out any explicit content, but should allow certain things that my not pertain to school activity. And Your an adult you could make your own dicussions in life

11/12/2015
Irving TX
Denia Rodriguez
Etheridge Nimitz
I think the most useful amendment was the abolishing of the Electoral College. For a country which prides itself as the 'best democracy' your voting system isn't that democratic. The electoral college is just confusing and undemocratic. Term limits aren't such a good idea in my opinion...if a Senator/Rep is re-elected all the time it is because the people obviously like this person and no other candidate seems to be better than the incumbent. So why restrict a congress-person.

11/11/2015
Irving/TX
Noe Araiza
Etheridge/Nimitz
The constitution is the oldest standing document that sets out the guideline for our nation's government. The fact that the 28th amendment has lasted for over 200 years is unbelievable. I believe it is good to have a difficult long process to pass or repeal an Amendment because the Founding Fathers intentions were thoroughly thought out to protect our nation. I'd attempt to pass an amendment that prohibits the use of drone strikes by the United States military. Drone strikes are inhumane and threaten the human and civil rights of innocent civilians from the appealing countries that we are at war with. Not only is it inhumane but also costs an excessive amount of money which may increase taxes and other funds and expenses.

11/9/2015
Irving, Tx
Maria
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe the constitution has endured because it covers many important areas. In my opinion the constitution has lasted this long mainly because of the bill of rights. Americans, in the kindest way I could possibly say, are selfish. This selfishness, when speaking of the bill of rights, is a positive because it leads to a great push for independence. This makes sure each person is treated justly and that we ,as citizens, have a say, as we should, in our lives. Though, if I could add an amendment, I would get rid of t the electoral college. Many believe their vote for president counts greatly when the votes of the college is what really matters. This takes away from the rights of Americans to picking their president and a large amount of citizens don't even realize the power the electoral college holds. Realistically speaking of we were to make this amendment, or any, the process would be difficult. I see the difficulty , though irritating, as a positive because it is there to ensure some stability the safety of all citizens.

11/5/2015
Irving/Texas
Cesar
Etheridge/Nimitz
The constitution is the oldest standing document that lays the guideline of a government.It's done this by changing things that need change and by adding new things.To date we have 27 amendments and if we were to add one more i believe it should be about the electoral college and improving in to where the people play a more important part.We already vote but some states have a winner take all system where if you voted for the losing party than they still get your vote.This and other things can be improved.

10/29/2015
Irving, TX
Rolando
Mrs. Bradley Nimitz
The Constitution it’s our base for what the U.S is now. It’s our oldest document, How? It has lasted for quite a while because of the amending we can use, and on which the process is handled it is quite difficult to amend the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers are smart to leave the process in amending the Constitution in such a large process. 28th amendment, if there were what would it be? I would suggest to limit terms on congress, the fact is many people in politics tend to make it, basically a career. It’s not that it’s bad, however other people should have the chance to serve as a Senator or a House representative.

10/29/2015
Irving, TX
Rolando
Mrs. Bradley Nimitz
The Constitution it’s our base for what the U.S is now. It’s our oldest document, How? It has lasted for quite a while because of the amending we can use, and on which the process is handled it is quite difficult to amend the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers are smart to leave the process in amending the Constitution in such a large process. 28th amendment, if there were what would it be? I would suggest to limit terms on congress, the fact is many people in politics tend to make it, basically a career. It’s not that it’s bad, however other people should have the chance to serve as a Senator or a House representative.

10/27/2015
Irving/Texas
Anthony
Etheridge/Nimitz High
The fact that the 28th amendment has lasted for 228 years is remarkable. I believe it is good to have a difficult long process to pass or repeal an Amendment because the Founding Fathers intentions were knowledgeably thought out and has lasted for centuries. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution, it would go along with the eighth amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. I would propose that the death penalty falls under the category of cruel and unusual.

10/23/2015
Washington, NJ
Sean
Rokasny, Warren Hills
I believe the 28th amendment should abolish the Electoral College system. I believe the Electoral College is not democratic. The Electoral College disenfranchises minority votes in states that the majority sides with one political party. Minorities feeling as though their vote is worthless may be the primary reason why the candidates won by landslides in many states in the 2012 Presidential election. In the state of Utah where the majority of voters are republican Mitt Romney won by over 75 percent of the voters. In states like Utah minority’s voters, in this case being the democrats, feel as though their vote is worthless. The Electoral College system is a primary reason why voter turnout is so low in the nation because minorities feel as though they are being disenfranchised in states that heavily support one political party. The Electoral College also is undemocratic because a candidate doesn’t need the majority of the people’s votes to become president. This allows candidate’s to ignore smaller states worth only three electoral points and focus on larger states witch are worth larger points. For example George Bush won the 2000 election even though his opponent won half a million more votes. This is undemocratic that the candidate with fewer votes wins the election. Now some may argue that the Electoral College must be preserved because it was created by the founders and has been used for over 200 years. However one must look at the consequences and affects the Electoral College has had on United States politics. The Electoral College has divided politics between two large political groups. This is not good politics because it doesn’t allow knew ideas and knew parties to form because they do not have the mass funding of the other two parties to go state to state and gain enough support to win the electoral points. I believe the electoral college system must be ended and a new system based on majority of voter support must be put in place.

10/22/2015
Washington/NJ
Lauren
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be to set term limits to the representatives and senators such as the president has term limits. I would support both to have a 4 year year term and a limit of two terms. This ensures a flow of new ideas.

10/22/2015
Washington/NJ
Andy
Rokosny/WHHS
I think the Constitution has stood the test of time. This is evident by the fact that it is the longest lasting governing document in the world today. Many other developing and developed nations have used the Constitution as a model for them.I'd attempt to pass an amendment that prohibits the use of drone strikes by the United States military. Drone strikes are inhumane and threaten the human and civil rights of innocent civilians from the Middle East. Hopefully, the military would find humane ways to maintain a presence in the Middle East without violating human or natural rights. Recent UN reports indicate the hundreds of children have died in Afghanistan due to drone strikes. These strikes increase international resentment towards the United States and do little to further diplomatic relationship s with other sovereign nations. They undermine stability and encourage radical anti-American gross to rise . In conclusion drones are ethically wrong should be renounced and banned from use by the United States military.

10/22/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Robert
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The founders included specific directions to follow for aa reason, under the Articles of Confederation, the amending process was not mentioned and therefor with out direction when change was needed. As for the 28th amendment, the dissolution of the naturalization act would get my vote.The federal government needs to take a stand against the acts of illegal immigrants. Anchor babes is a concept that is to mind boggling to comprehend, the thought of an illegal immigrant gaining citizenship from the birth of their child on us soil is ridiculous. Not only dose this raise taxes due to welfare costs and their abuses from these families, but it also allows immigrants to completely bypass the citizenship process simply by birthing a child. People work diligently day and night to earn their citizenship in the us and we cannot allow people to cheat the system any longer.

10/22/2015
Washington, NJ
Victoria
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I think the 28th Amendment to the Constitution should abolish the Electoral College and have the president elected by popular vote. There is no reason for the Electoral College to exist anymore; citizens are more informed now than when the Constitution was written. With advancements in the spread of information, everyone has access to the internet and newspapers. I also believe the Electoral College is undemocratic. The will of the people is not necessarily carried out, as seen in the Bush/Gore election, in which Gore lost the Electoral College vote, but won the popular vote. Abolishing the Electoral College would also detract the focus of presidential candidates from certain "swing" states or states with a large number of electoral votes. In our current system, the votes of some citizens theoretically matter more than the votes of others. Candidates would have to fight for every vote, instead of concentrating on certain areas or being assured of victory in others.

10/22/2015
Washington/NJ
Sarvani
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
The Framers specifically made the Constitution strenuous to amend because, as the Supreme Law of the Land, it is important that the Constitution remain the same, or only have minor differences and not be changed on a whim. Our Constitution, in my opinion, has worked very well throughout these years and the amendment process has held up and will continue to work. Throughout these years, 17 amendments have been added to the original 10 in the Bill of Rights, making the Constitution have a total of 27 amendments, and the new inquiry is, "What should be the 28th?" I believe that the 28th amendment should be that Supreme Court judges should have a 10-12 year limit on their seat in the Supreme Court. The justices now have been there for a very long time and aren't always caught up with the society that they live in which leads to differences on what the verdict of certain cases should be. They need to be changed out after they have been a judge for their prime years and we need to have fresh, new minds in the judicial branch. Other than that, i don't think anything else in our nation needs to desperately be changed and believe that the Constitution has clearly lived up to its title as the longest written document of government.

10/22/2015
Washington/NJ
Brian Q.
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I believe that the 28th amendment to the Constitution should allow the recalling of Senators and Representatives. This is because in local/state governments, recalls are allowed if government officials are doing a bad job, committing a crime, etc., and I believe that national government officials should be treated the same way. The threat of recall would be beneficial to the government because it would force people to do their jobs, keep promises that they make during campaigns, and be on their best behavior. People might say that a recall amendment is unnecessary because the reasons for elections are to take people out of office who aren't doing a good job, but a recall amendment should be implemented because people need to be removed as soon as they commit a heinous or morally incorrect act in order for the government to be as efficient as possible. Overall, a recall amendment would help the government be filled with the best most efficient politicians. Recalling Senators and Representatives should be a slightly difficult process, but not an impossible process like it is now.

10/20/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Joseph
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I think the Constitution has endured pretty well over the years. I believe the process should be difficult to make amendments because if the Constitution is changed too much it can easily be warped out of shape. Also the constitution was made to be pretty set in stone. So it should only be changed in a very important circumstance. If the amendment passes the process then it truly means it was necessary for the country. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution it would be to set term limits on Representatives and Senators. Since the president has term limits I think the representatives and senators should as well. I think this will truly make the candidates running for the House or Senate think about their plan and take action quickly instead of waiting. Often, these candidates know they will be in for life so they barely do anything to take action for the country. Additionally, if the candidate has a substantial amount of money or has the right connections he will definitely be in office for well over 10 years. (I think 8-10 years is a fair amount of time) I just think this is an unfair way to earn money for someone that isn’t doing anything. In order for more action to be taken in this country, I believe this amendment should be passed.

10/20/2015
Washington, New Jersey
Emily
Mrs. Rokosny
The 28th Amendment should be a forced balanced budget. This amendment, I believe, would help benefit the the government greatly and help us to not spend tremendous amounts. The implementation of a forced budget would help put America in a much better financial state and help with getting rid of the crippling debt that we are currently in. A budget would help with maintaining a more focused and prioritized government spending system due to there being a limit.

10/20/2015
Washington/NJ
Ryan
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe that the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution should be placing term limits on the Senators and Representatives. Most Senators and Representatives are elected into office and continued to be elected until they choose to resign. This only leads for the Congressmen to benefit themselves instead of the people. By implementing term limits it would increase the chances of the Congressmen creating laws that benefit the citizens instead of themselves. Congressmen stay within Congress for a majority of their lives which allows them to hold a large amount of power and influence. These long term office holders hold too much power and are able to pass or veto to many bills. A simple 10 - 15 year term limit on Congressmen would ultimately lead to better laws to be passed and help spread the power throughout Congress.

10/20/2015
Washington/NJ
Jacob
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If i were to add a 28th amendment it would be to clarify the meaning of the second amendment. As time goes on and we get smarter amendments that were once very relevant become outdated and even dangerous. Depending on how you interpret the second amendment, it could be one of them. Due to our technological advances the second amendment has become a very dangerous thing. Our forefathers never imagined that we would have the type of weaponry we have now. We should clarify the meaning of the second amendment to a much safer way to "bare arms".

10/20/2015
Washington, NJ
Hunter
Warren Hills
If there were a 28th Amendment, I would want it to be forcing a national referendum for any deficit spending. The national debt for America is over 18 trillion dollars and doesnt seem to be going down anytime soon. We need to do something to limit this spending as a country. Most countries are getting way ahead of us in their economies. It seems like America is just running amok spending countless amounts of money on pointless things like military. We spend 600 billion dollars on military, and about 69 million dollars on education.

10/20/2015
Washington/NJ
Anthony
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution should provide universal health care. I believe that health care should be guaranteed for all citizens. The United States spend the most on health care per capita in the world. France spends half the amount per citizen and they have the best ranked health care in the world.The French system combines private and public sectors to provide universal health coverage to all. I think health care is a basic human right and the 28th amendment should reform America's health care system.

10/20/2015
Washington/New Jersy
Will
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If we were to add an amendment to the Constitution it would be about continuing government if a tragic event were to occur. We should be able to rely on the government if something catastrophic were to happen. The government is very important in keeping the country secure so if a tragic event happens, such as 911, they are needed to help keep everything stable. If the government is not present during a catastrophic event, everything could spiral into an unredeemable chaos. I think that it is good that the process itself isn't very easy. The Constitution should not be easily mutated because proposed amendments may not always be beneficial.

10/20/2015
Washington/ NJ
Brian
Rokosny / Warren Hills
The 28th amendment to the United States Constitution should be to place term limits on Senators and Representatives to a maximum of 12 years. Too many of the members of Congress are congressmen for life, and do not actively search for ways to improve the nation, but are rather self-serving. A 12-year term limit would make a maximum of 2 terms for a Senator. Studies show that if a congressmen wins their reelection, they are likely to serve in Congress until the decide no longer to run. By placing term limits, we ensure that those in Congress are there to make a difference, not there for any other reason.

10/20/2015
Washington/NJ
Julie
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The 28th amendment should be, " to specifically allow congress to regulate the amount of personal funds a candidate to public office can expend in a campaign". In recent elections money is a huge aspect in the campaigns and most elections are "bought". The more money... the more you can campaign... the more likely you are to win. If congress sets a limit for the amount of personal money you can spend on your campaign, it will open more opportunities for those without tons of money to run. It also will make elections more fair, focusing elections on representing the will of the people and not personal gain and money.

10/20/2015
Washington, NJ
Amanda E
Rokasny, Warren Hills
I think the 28th amendment should force congress to balance a budget or they will forfeit their salary. The American tax payers are being slammed and our country is in debt, we need to get serious and force congress to properly perform. If I do not do my homework in school, I get a zero for that assignment. The same simple principle that is instilled in our young children should carry on to the highest levels of government. Why should we be paying for the inability to make tough decisions? Our government must be held responsible for failing to complete its job on time. The working people who are meeting their deadlines and all of their responsibilities will suffer

10/20/2015
washtington new jersey
jack
roksony/ warren hills
the amendment i would propose to would be to set term limits on representatives and senators. it follows simple logic that the president has a limit to how many terms he or she can serve, so our representatives and senators should have the same treatment. another reason for this is that many representatives and senators, once they get into office, are in the position for as long as they wish. this aint no good to me. i say they cant be in there forever.

10/20/2015
Washington/NJ
Dylan
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The 28th amendment should encompass the topic of clarifying the 2nd amendment. The ideas of the 2nd amendment are too convoluted and stir up controversy because individuals may perceive the ideas of the amendment differently. Many individuals find it acceptable to carry firearms around with them without licenses or any paperwork, where the 2nd amendment is supposed to protect citizens rather than allow citizens to acquire firearms and use them recreationally. Therefore, clarifying the 2nd amendment will definitely ensure a safer America, as well as clear up the murky ideas of what the 2nd amendment really means.

10/16/2015
Irving/TX
Miryam
Etheridge/Nimitz
When the United States Constitution was developed by the founding Fathers, it was clear to Americans and the world that this document was of a different kind. At the time, the Fathers did not know it was going to last over decades but they knew that it was to be perfected over time. Based on this concept, the founders developed the amendment process which made it difficult for anyone to impose new changes to the Constitution. I'm glad that the Founders knew that the country would go through many changes and difficulties to protect America’s beliefs and lifestyle. If I were to propose an amendment to the Constitution it would be to better the immigration status and policy. I believe that amendments should be made to better the american society, by doing so the 28th amendment should support progress not rebuke it.

10/14/2015
Irving/Texas
Jonathan
Etheridge/Nimitz
If we needed to add a 28th amendment, I would want it to be about clearing up the 14th amendment. I want it to help citizenship with illegal immigrants. This way there would be no controversy if illegal immigrants are citizens or not. Hopefully something does get done with this issue because the 14th amendment was really intended for the slaves.

10/9/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Jakob
Mr. Jabro / Creekside HIgh
I believe that the 28 amendment should be one of the ones listed witch is the banning automatic citizenship to the children in the united states to the parents who are not citizens because if they don't stop doing that our country will no longer be citizens but it would be illegal aliens

10/8/2015
Irving/Nimitz
Kendyl
Etheridge/Nimitz
The Constitution has lasted very long due to the fact of the 27 amendments that have been made to make balance in the modern era. In this Day and Age, the new Amendment I would place in the Constitution would be to ban gay marriage in the United States. I choose this topic because it very in disturbing to see two men and two women kissing because that's not how use humans are supposed to act. Also, since the law has passed of gay marriage, the numbers of the U.S. Citizens has decreased by 5%, and in the next 20 years, it is told that the number of decrease of U.S. Citizens will be 19%. Why has it decreased you might ask? It's because when you have 2 people of the same sex, they can't reproduce like an average couple would. So it would benefit the Nation as a whole if we ban gay marriage and make the land we live on be what it once was.

10/8/2015
Irving/Tx
Xiomara
Etheridge/Nimitz
I do believe the U.S constitution has endure for so many years, It has protected the rights of the people. It is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult this way it protects the power of the government and citizens. It limits the power of the government and establishes a system of checks and balances. If i could add a amendment to the constitution It would be to let any person that wants to go to college be able to attend no matter if you are an immigrant or not .I believe everybody has the right to expand there knowledge and become better and successful in life.

10/8/2015
Irving/tx
Kayla
Etheridge/nimitz
I think the 28th amendment should be an equal rights amendment. It's really insane that men and women are still not considered equals today. A lot of things in the constitution are obviously dated and written by people whio were in a comepletely different timr period than us. It's a good idea that it is hard to process an amendment because it has a huge impact and obviously could change the way we live and how things are.

10/6/2015
irving/tx
Luz
Bradley/Nimitz
The U.S. Constitution established the America`s national government and fundamental laws, it contains the most important rules of our political system. This is why it has endure for so many years, it has served the people well and has protected the rights of the people. I believe that it is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult because it is a form of protecting our constitution and maintain the government’s power in the hands of the citizens. It limits the power of the government and establishes a system of checks and balances. It is also the framework for the freedoms that are granted to each American. If a could propose an amendment to the constitution it would be the Armageddon amendment, for the protection of the people and their security.

10/1/2015
Irving/TX
Luis M
Bradley/Nimitz
Throughout its history, the constitution has been ratified and changed in many occasions, but this official document has kept this country in place and peace for many long years and we thank our founding founders for writing it out. In my opinion I don't think the constitution has endured has much because when the founding fathers wrote it they wanted to set rules that one were acceptable to everybody and also give the term freedom of the people a valid meaning in the U.S. The amendment process is sometimes categorized has a long time deal, it takes so much decisions and time for an amendment to be passed into the constitution, it takes two-thirds of both houses in order for an amendment to pass and sometimes both houses can disagree on whether it's acceptable and benefits the people. I have thought a lot on an amendment that I would like to create and I think the 28th amendment should be to end of food stamps and medicaid for families because sometimes these families can take advantage from the states and laying on how they are spending their supposed help money on.

9/30/2015
Irving/TX
Leslie
Bradley/Nimitz
The Constitution endured 228 years because of the 27 amendments that have been passed, and it has been tweaked from time to time.Most importantly, the Bill of Rights were included which guarantees rights to the people. I believe it is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult. "The reasoning for making the process so difficult was that the Founding Fathers feared the public could be easily swayed into changing the Constitution – without thinking about the consequences." In other words, the founding fathers believed "the people" don't have the power to do so because it will create factions according to Federalist 10 in the Federalist papers and the public will be easily swayed because of their "public interest". The creation of the 28th amendment should repeal the 14th amendment. In my opinion, I think citizenship shouldn't be granted to just anyone who are born in American soil. Illegal immigrants take advantage of the 14th amendment when they bear children in the US because according to them it protects their rights. Most of these children aren't conisdered citizens and they shouldn't have the life that is granted by the 14th amendment.

9/30/2015
murrieta
Austenh
Jabro
It is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult due to protecting the citizens from pushing amendments that may have a long term unforeseen consequence. If I were to suppose a proposal to add an amendment it would be Banning corporations from spending money to support or oppose candidates in elections. A main reason why a big corporation may support a candidate is because they'll get what they want out of the candidate.

9/25/2015
Irving, TX
Lexia Martinez
Bradley / Nimitz High School
In my opinion I think the 28th amendment should be the repeal of the 14th amendment which is the birthright citizenship amendment. A lot of these kids aren't citizens so that means they can't have the life they should have. If their trying to earn a degree in anything in college I think they should have the rights to become a citizen at the age of 18 and be independent and go out and have the life they desire.

9/25/2015
Irving/TX
Katherine
Etheridge/Nimitz
The Constitution has weathered 228 years by being flexible, open, and vague. By placing boundaries that are open to interpretation, the Constitution allows us to use it in a way that will best benefit the situation in question. However, if it were too easy to change, our government would change with the season. Popular ideas change, but making the amendment process difficult allows us to remain fairly consistent despite the personal views of citizens and representatives. I believe that a beneficial 28th amendment would abolish the electoral college. It is an outdated system today, when we have computers that can count the vote of every citizen and calculate winners almost immediately. It makes the election process unfair, as even a slight majority in a state will shift all of their votes in one party's favor. The electoral college is an obsolete convenience that has created many problems for the United States today.

9/22/2015
Sidney/MT
Chris G
Mr Faulhaber
The fact that the process of creating an amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a long and tedious one is very positive. There have been some groundbreaking changes made, but only with very careful and lengthy consideration by Congress. My suggestion for a 28th amendment would be to require a balanced budget each year. Our national debt is sitting at over $11 trillion. If our country doesn't start spending money more wisely, our credit with other countries will start to decline. The reputation of our country would improve if our spending was under control.

9/22/2015
Key West, Florida
Bri Krajewski
Dr. Katie Pridemore
I would want to make an amendment on having citizens born out of the country be able to become president and not have to be "naturally born" in the United States.

9/21/2015
Sidney, MT
Skylar
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I really do think the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be protection of religious conscience. I think it is really wrong for someone to feel spiritually conflicted inside because they are forced to provide a service. Part of what makes America great is that people disagree on things and they have the right to say they disagree. This includes people with religious convictions. Religion is a major part of the foundation of this country and still carries significant weight in society. It is only right the religious conscience is respected. Finally, liberty is a natural right granted to us in this country. Liberty is the quality or state of being free (Merriam-Webster). Telling people they must act contrary to their religious conscience is not freedom. This must be protected thought constitutional amendment.

9/21/2015
Florida
Nick
Dr. Pridemore
The abolition of the electoral college would be a sound amendment to the Constitution. It would eliminate potential fraud and corruption while letting the citizens, plain and simple, choose their president.

9/21/2015
Sidney High School
Danny
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that the 28th amendment should remove term limits from the presidency. A president who can keep the support of the American population and can successfully run two terms and get elected should be allowed to run again as many times as he or she wishes as president. If a certain president is what the American people want, then we as a people shouldn't stop the president from helping America by having a two term limit. As I have seen during the 2016 presidential election so far I wish that we could have President Obama run for a third term. He has shown results for our country and admire all he has done. Our constitution shouldn't impede the right of a person to run for an office and serve the American people.

9/21/2015
Sidney
Lindsey
SHS
I believe that the Constitution has continued to be effective because of the difficult process the Founding Fathers inforced, to ensure the longevity of the Constitution. I believe it is good to have a difficult long procces to pass or repeal an Amendment because the Founding Fathers intentions were knowledgeably thought out and has lasted for centuries. If there was a proposition for a 28th Amendment, I think it should be to repeal the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to everyone born on American soil. Everyone has the same opportunity to apply legally to become an American. Therefore, all children should have to apply for the same neutralization as everyone else. Many children granted citizenship through birth, are put into government funded facilities and often for live the dream their parents were intending to provide for them. In conclusion, the 14th Amendment should be ratified.

9/21/2015
Sidney, MT
Devon
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe the 28th amendment should be a personhood amendment. This amendment would grant rights to human embryos. Human embryos already have certain rights in regards to the murdering of a pregnant woman being considered a double homicide. This definition of a double homicide acknowledges that embryos are people. You can’t murder tissue paper. A form of this has already been adopted into North Dakota's state constitution.

9/21/2015
Sidney Mt
Rian
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the 28th amendment should be to allow all tax payers the right to vote. If the government feels that I am old enough to be taxed then I should also have the right to vote. Of course I feel as this should come with limitations, such as your not going to allow a 14 year old to vote. My solution to this predicament is the right to vote under the age of 18 is left to the discretion of the parent.

9/20/2015
Sidney, MT
Aubrey
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I believe the Constitution has endured so long because of how the authors wrote it. I believe the authors put an incredible amount of thought into the Constitution and the way it would change with the country. I think the difficulty of the amendment process has also contributed to the longevity of the Constitution. It prevents drastic changes from being established too quickly. It forces everyone to truly think about the change that is being made. If I were to propose an amendment to the Constitution, it would be to restrict the terms a Congressman can be elected. A president can only be elected twice and I think the same kind of restriction should be placed on Congressmen. I think a Congressman should only be elected 4 times. This will guarantee that there will not be any sort of Good Ol’ Boys Club where Congressmen can ensure the bills they want passed will be passed.

9/20/2015
Sidney/Montana
LaTasha
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe the Constitution has endured the test of time because of the strong base that the Founding Fathers implemented within it. They also allowed it to be subject to change when they included the process of amending it, but only when need be. That is why the process of amending the Constitution is so difficult, as I think it should be. We need to stick close to what the Founding Fathers intended us to read the Constitution as. The option of amending it is only there when something needs to be changed because of our ever-changing society. I think the 28th amendment should be to modify the 14th amendment to address the issue of birthright citizenship. It should include that in order for a child to become a member of the United States, at least one parent has to be a residing citizen of the United States. It should also include that the other parent cannot be granted citizenship, except to go through the proper process of becoming one. As Michael said, hopefully that would encourage immigrants to use the legal way of gaining citizenship through the use of the whole process and the testing.

9/20/2015
Sidney, MT
Tess
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think the 28th amendment should be the repeal of the 14th amendment which is the birthright citizenship amendment. These children should have to apply for naturalization just like their parents would have to. Some of these kids might be born into poverty which would cause another family to go on welfare. The parents are taking advantage of our system and can’t really give their child the life they should have. They should wait until they’re 18 to become a citizen and get a job so they can be independent.

9/20/2015
Sidney, MT
Kasey
Mr. Faulhaber
If I could add an amendment it would instill gender equality. Society is set up for women to be reserved and focused on being a mother and dependent upon a man, leaving them with much to be desired in the work force. Men are set up to make money and work with less home life, giving them the short end of the deal with many parental rights in custody battles, settlements, etc. My amendment would grant no man or women more opportunity or preconceived privilege over the other.

9/20/2015
Sidney/MT
Tenna Cooley
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The 28th Amendment to the constitution should not be birthright citizenship. Children born in the United States to immigrant parents should not be given citizenship in the U.S. The Fourteenth Amendment, which many us to justify birthright citizenship, does not apply to immigrants, it was made after the civil war to ensure freed black slaves would have citizenship. And because this Amendment does not apply to immigrants they should not be given birthright citizenship. If these immigrants want to become citizens they should just go the legal route. The 28th Amendment should be to eliminate birthright citizenship.

9/20/2015
Sidney, MT
Megan Deming
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that the Constitution has endured for so long because each amendment has been carefully thought out. Making the amendment process so difficult is undoubtedly a huge factor in how long it has lasted. We, as a people, can't add or subtract amendments easily, making it harder to pass amendments that will unpopular with the people in a matter of years. Each amendment has been thoroughly considered and has been deemed necessary by the majority. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution, it would go along with the eighth amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. I would propose that the death penalty falls under the category of cruel and unusual.

9/20/2015
Sidney, MT
Camden
Brad Faulhaber
My preferred 28th amendment would be one that puts a limit on the number of terms that a congressman can serve. Currently they can serve as many two year terms as they are elected to, which can create situations where the congressmen will outlast the President. If the President is limited to two terms courtesy of the 22nd amendment, then I believe that there should be an amendment that limits how long a member of congress can serve. Long lasting congressmen can easily influence which direction government policies will follow, as well as put up some significant and long-lasting barriers against the other branches depending on what bias there is and the quantity of members sharing that opinion. The power of congress would be checked by a term limit of its members.

9/20/2015
Sidney MT
Larren
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that the 28th amendment should be limiting the amount of funding the public can give to a person running for office either it be state or national government. I think that would give all candidates running a chance even if they don't have much money

9/19/2015
Sidney/Montana
Shelby
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that the 28th Amendment should change the 14th Amendment’s terms on birthright citizenship. In my opinion, birthright citizenship is being abused by foreigners, such as the Chinese, who only come to the United States to have their child, and then return to their home country. This way, their child can be accepted into American universities and colleges much easier. I think that the 28th Amendment should fix this problem by requiring at least one of the parents of the child to be an American citizen in order for the child to gain birthright citizenship. In addition, the parents must be living in the United States for three months prior to the birth of the child. I think that this amendment would prevent people from foreign countries from taking advantage of the rights and privileges our country grants.

9/19/2015
Sidney, MT
Sarah
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the 28th Amendment should require a balanced federal budget every fiscal year. A business has to have a budget and stay out of debt to stay running, and that applies to a country as well. It is ludicrous to think that America can continue to function with this amount of debt, $18.6 trillion at the end of FY 2015. A business would have declared bankruptcy long ago. It is paramount that a federal budget is required in order to stop spending money that we don’t have. We need to stop adding to the national debt and start getting rid of it so that America will not be owned by the countries that it owes trillions of dollars to. For example, China owned $1.261 trillion worth of U.S. government securities in March 2015. That’s over 20% of U.S. foreign debt to just one country. A balanced federal budget needs to be implemented in America very soon.

9/17/2015
Key West, Fl
Keyaira
Dr. Katie Pridemore/ Florida Keys Community College
I feel that if there was a 28th amendment it should be to change the voting age to 21. The reason being is that there is very few limitations on 18 year olds, in fact they can do everything but drink. I feel that if we can't trust an 18 year old to drink responsibly why are we trusting them with the most important tool that we as an adult have. Why not change everything to 21 what's the difference in 3 years.

9/17/2015
Sidney Mt
Robert
Mr. Faulhaber
I agree with Kade for the 28th amendment. Kade said he wanted equal rights for both genders. This would positively impact America and would not harm anyone. Women are just as equal as men. There are some problems though, does that make it okay to hit a women? Is it okay to work her like a man? Is it okay for her to join the military? Is it okay to tax her like a man? Is it okay for a women to act like a man? i.e. peeing outside, use profanity, have morals like a man. Ultimately it is more than skin color that separates us. We are so different, there is not way to be completely equal, but there is a way an amendment could benefit the ladies. Women should be treated better than men, they should have more rights if anything. I agree with Kade women deserve better, but its simply impossible to be equal, women need to be treated better and fairer.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Marlee
Mr .Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
It absolutely is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult because of the big impact an amendment can have the life of citizens. I think that they should push for the Equal Rights Amendment again. Today gender has become a big deal from the wage gape between men and women to the problem with accepting transgender people. I believe the centralized idea of adding Amendments is so that the people can be equals. Also today people are being discriminated left and right for multiple reasons but I feel like gender and race are two big reasons. The Equal Rights Amendment could help out a lot and could be tweaked to include race.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Austin Watterson
Brad Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
An attempt for an amendment that was not passed in the past was to ban automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. I feel like the 28th Amendment should not ban automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. to parents who are not citizens. First off, the 14th Amendment clearly states that citizenship will be granted to everyone born on American soil and provide equal protection under the law of all citizens. Second, I feel like it is not the child's fault that their parents are here illegally and that they happened to be born on American soil. It would be morally wrong to deny a child citizenship because of this. An unborn baby could not have any say obviously if they could be born on American soil or not. I can see the reasoning that a parent should be legal for the child to be legal. But like I said, it is not the child's fault in any way that they happened to born on American soil. The other thing I don't agree with is when people say, "make them take a test before they can become a citizen." I say this because I guarantee half the people today in the U.S. would fail the test. It isn't fair for them to have to take a test when they were already born here. In that case, anyone born on American soil, no matter what your race, should have to take the test to be granted citizenship. So by stating this, I believe the 28th Amendment should not ban automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens.

9/17/2015
Sidney Montana
Ethan white
Mr. Faulhabor/ Sidney High School
I think that it is a good idea the the amendment processes should be difficult. I don't fell that it should be easy, why should it be easy. The amendments are very important and should not be used to benefit the person that made it up but to insure that it is going to help others no matter what it's about . I do not really have a set idea of what the next amendment should be just as long as it does not hurt the people or me in in anyway .

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Cayla
Mr. Faulhaber
The 28th amendment should be for the federal to have a required budget every fiscal year. A budget would be good for the federal government, we are already millions of dollars and debt and still sinking. If the 28th amendment set a limit on how much the federal could spend every fiscal year, then our debt ,although would still be tremendous, would in turn hopefully stop growing. The U.S. government may never pay off their debt, but putting a limit on the federal's spending would stop from digging a bigger, deeper, darker hole.

9/17/2015
sidney Mt
Cyrus
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I think that the 28th amendment should ban automatic citizenship to children born in the United Sates to parents who are not citizens because neither of the parents are citizens.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Desirae Fasching
Brad Faulhaber
I think that it is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult because it may save us a lot of problems. Also things change from time to time. This process gives the people and states a chance to vote fairly on whether they agree with the amendment or not. I think that abolishing the Electoral Colleges would be a good idea, because technically we are not all getting the individual right to vote for who we want as president. We should all get equal voting rights.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Coleton M
Mr. Faulhaber / SHS
The Constitution has endured because it works. Sure, there are flaws, but there are flaws to everything. Its what makes us the nation we are and makes the people the way we are. The amendment process is difficult for a lot of reasons, mainly because in order for us to change what shouldnt be changed, or add what has yet to be added needs an extreme amount of voters backing it. If not absolutely everyone agrees on something being amended, then there will be a process to convince these people, or polish off whatever needs to be fixed in order for everyone to be in agreement. If I could propose an amendment, other than the Anchor law, which is become abused in the last few decades, I would propose a law regarding governmentally helped people. Personally, the concept of capitalism, which our economy runs off of, is being voided in ways by the government so that they can give people an easy way out. Low-income housing, welfare, and programs alike need to be abolished, as those who use it are making it a crutch and costing the rest of us money. No, it may not be a huge portion of our taxes, but I shouldnt have to pay for the guy down the street to live rent-free and eat off my plate whenever he chooses to. I think its ridiculous, and it needs to be changed. Maybe its not part of the Constitution, but where ever it is stated, it needs to be erased. Our country has enough problems. It shouldnt have to supply crutches to every man and woman who decides they dont need to work.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Blaine N
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
Many other countries have instituted permanent drafts, where every male over 18 is enlisted after graduation and must serve a minimum number of years. Most of these countries aren't as large as the U.S. and as much as that could help our nation on an individual level, a draft may not be a smart move. Another option could be making marriage equality a truly national law.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Braxten
Mr. Faulhaber
I think the banning of automatic citizenship to children born in the unites state by non-citizens should be the next amendment. It would encourage the use of the system to become a citizen we have in the U.S. This has led to many illegal immigrants to visit America and have an excuse for living and working in the U.S. without being a legal citizen.

9/17/2015
Sidney/Montana
Mattie
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that the Constitution has endured the same great struggles all past and present U.S. citizens have. I think that it is good that the amendment process is difficult. It is good because it allows many different people look at it and allow it to be thought through thoroughly. If not, people would want to change everything that in their opinion was wrong without taking in the consideration of the consequences. I think that the 28th Amendment should be that the U.S. should require a balanced federal budget every fiscal year. Almost half of every workers pay check goes to the government. We as the working people should be a loud to see where all of our money is going to.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Harmonie H.
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The 28th Amendment should be based on "anchor babies". I don't think that it should be legal for illegal immigrants to come over and have their babies be automatic U.S. citizens. The immigrants with green cards or visas also shouldn't be allowed to have "anchor babies", they should have to eventually take a citizenship test or be deported.

9/17/2015
Sidney
Brianna
Mr. Faulhaber
I feel that the 28th amendment should be the abolishing of the Electoral College. There is little point for a citizen to vote, when the Electoral College can beat out the popular vote. The government wants people to vote, but they have a practice in place making those peoples votes not count. To get more people to vote, the government should get rid of the Electoral College so peoples votes actually count.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Maika
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think what the new amendment should be is banning automatic citizenship of children born to non-citizens. Immigrants will come over from their country and have a child. With that child comes the immediate family. Mother, father, brothers and sisters too. What that also does is makes it that much harder for american citizens. It would be so populated there would be very few jobs. It could also make it impossible for a family to get a house and have to be put on a crazy long waiting list. I think that if that child born to the non-citizen parents want to come and be an american citizen when they get older then they should have the right to do so and try.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Bryana Christensen
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Yes, I do believe that the amdendment should undergo a difficult process for many reasons. This is the reason the constitution has lasted so long and without a difficult process, some of these amendments that could have been passed will not benefit the United States or its citizens. Also, these ammendements have huge impacts on our lives so it is very important for the difficult process. I believe that requiring a balanced federal budget every fiscal year would be a very extremly important ammendment to pass. Citizens of the United States tend to spend an outrageous amount of money on income taxes and having a budget will hopefully pull us out of debt and manage expenses more precisely.

9/17/2015
Sidney/Montana
Sierra
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The Constitution of the United States of America has endured for so long because as a country it was what the United States was built on. It grants equal rights and laws that without our country wouldn't be as civil as it is today. It is definitely a great idea to have the constitution process so difficult. That gives the people who pass the amendments the ability to think about if our country really does need it passed or if maybe there is a bigger issue that the issue originally came from. It helps create a better amendment and helps shape our country to what it needs to be. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution it would be lower costs on colleges. Now a days college is way more expensive than a normal college freshmen could afford. They rely on grants, scholarships, loans, and help from friends, family, and the government to provide them a college education. I do believe it's great that there is so many resources to help students get a higher education. I believe that we all should be able to afford a higher education because we need good education for our future careers in order to make an everyday living. Getting a higher education is sometimes what is required to get the best job you can get that gives you the ability to survive in America today. I think the Government should stop giving money away here and there for college students to potentially lower the cost of college education. I think colleges shouldn't have to compete so much that they focus on establishing saunas, rock climbing walls, fine dining (lobsters), and such expensive luxuries. I think colleges should compete in the education they give out to their students and how their students are able to take their education and go on with a successful life.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Bridger
Sidney High School
The reason the constitution has lasted so long is because it is difficult to pass a new amandment. If passing an amendment were easy we would have a bunch of unneeded amendments. If i could add one amendment it would be banning automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. When people get into the United States illegally the kids they have here should not automatically become Citizens. Today many illegal immagrants are having babies here in the Unites States and it is becoming a problem.

9/17/2015
Sidney Montana
Casey Christensen
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that if there was a 28th amendment added to the Constituion it should be the drinking age lowered to 18. The reason I say this is because if you are old enough to have to sign up for selective service you shoudl be old enough to drink.

9/17/2015
Sidney/ MT
Kyle
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I beleive the 28th amendment should ban the automatic citizenship of "anchor babies." Why should U.S. have to use their tax dollars to pay for the welfare of people who came into this country and are not citizens or not yet citizens. If a child is to become a citizen they either need to be born in the U.S. having parents that are citizens of our country or at least born under parents who are citizens or this great nation.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Peyton
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that granting citizenship to everyone born on American soil should be banned. Illegal immigrants can use this to become American citizens. As soon as they have a baby in the United States they become citizens, they don't have to go through the process by passing the American citizenship test. If they are not American citizens they should not be able to be one because they have had a child on American soil. They should require people to take and pass the citizenship test then they can be citizens not by having an "anchor baby".

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Amanda
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think the 28th Amendment should be the banning of automatic citizenship for those born in the United States. If we ban that right it will eliminate the “anchor baby” issue.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Hunter
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that an amendment should be passed to the Constitution, banning automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S to parents who are not citizens. The parents of the "anchor babies" used their child as a free pass into the United States. It is unconstitutional for children born in the U.S to become citizens at birth. My opinion will not change on this matter, that "anchor babies" will not earn the title citizen of the United States at birth.

9/17/2015
Sidney Montana
Gunnar
Brad Faulaber
I think it is great that the process is difficult to change or repeale something in the constitution. I also think that there should be a term limit on how long you can be a member of congress. I think this because not only is it the right thing to do but there is also a term limit on just about every position that is held in the government.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Tayler F
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that the 28th Amendment should be about banning corporations and unions from spending money to support or oppose candidates in elections. Big businesses spend so much money to support candidates and the candidates are just competing against each other to see who can get the most money. If those corporations and unions didn't spend money, voters would vote for who they really want, not just who gets supported or opposed the most.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Reiley Christophersen
Brad Faulhaber
Yes, I think the Constitution has endured. I wouldn't say it's a good idea that the amendent process is difficult, yet it is good because adding or changing an amendment is a big deal. The United States should agree that it is a good thing the process is long and difficult because we need to be sure of this amendment. We need to be sure it endure and make the U.S. a better country. If I could propose an amendment, i would ban automatic citizenship to children born on U.S. soil. I say this because I feel like if your parents weren't born here they need to go through all the work like every other illegal immagrant and become a legal U.S. citizen.

9/17/2015
Key West Florida
Lisette Albury
Dr. Katie Pridemore Florida Keys Community College
I personally think for the 28th amendment they should lower the drinking age to 18. We are adults when we turn the age 18. If we get to vote at age 18, join the army then why can't we drink at the age 18? My opinion is that we are grown up and I think everyone knows what's right and wrong by now.

9/17/2015
Sidney Montana
Michael
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that the banning of automatic citizenship to the children born on U.S. soil by non-citizens should be a new amendment. Because of this change in how people get citizenship in the U.S. there would likely be a discouragement in the use of "anchor babies" to keep illegal immigrants in the U.S. and would (in theory) encourage the use of the designated system and testing for becoming a citizen. The use of this method has led to many illegal immigrants from all over to visit america and have a legally acceptable excuse for living and working in america without becoming legal citizens.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Dylan Johnson
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I think a required balanced federal budget every fiscal year ought to be the 28th amendmet. If the people of the United States are paying 30% income taxes, they should know where their money is being spent. Our government should stop getting into wars and focus on our national debt.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Dakota G
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that requiring a balanced federal budget every fiscal year is a good idea. Without a budget we will have more and more debt each year. The government gives away money that we don't even have and think that printing more money will solve the problem but it will just create more inflation.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Trista Papka
Mr. Faulhaber
I think the constitution has lasted this long because it is such a long process to pass amendments, so we only pass the amendments that we feel right to the United States. Yes, it is a good idea to have a difficult process to pass these amendments. Amendments are a big deal and can change something forever, so we want to be sure that it is changed and the way we want it to be. I am for banning automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. I feel this way because they could come here and become citizens legally, then have their baby. They say they do it because we have such a better country and a better education system for the students. But I feel that they should have to become citizens in order for their kids to become citizens.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Ryan
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that it is a good thing that the amendment process is difficult, because if it was easy there would be amendments to the Constitution all of the time. I also think that it should be difficult because having to have so many states approve of it helps ensure that the proposed amendment is beneficial to the country. The 28th Amendment should ban automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. If people are coming into the country illegally to have their children here so the kids can be citizens that is not right. The parents should become U. S. citizens and then have kids here and the kids granted citizenship.

9/17/2015
Sidney/MT
Cade Strasheim
Mr. Faulhaber
I think the constitution has lasted so long because we can make changes to it if necessary. It is a good thing that we can do this but it is a hard process to make changes. I think this is also a good thing because for it to be a good change that would benefit the citizens of the United States, it should have to go through all that. If i had to propose an amendment i would have to go with the banning of corporations and unions from spending money to support or oppose candidates in elections. I think this would be a good thing because it would allow everyone's vote to go a little bit further than it actually does. If big businesses spend all this money on candidates, it is like they are practically buying them the votes to win. If they couldn't do this more people would vote for who they wanted instead of who the big business is advertising for. The Constitution says "We the people" not We the corporations.

9/17/2015
Sidney
Clay Carpenter
Mr. Faulhaber
I belive that an amendment should be made to the Constitution banning automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. The parents, not being citizens, are not subject to the supreme law of the land in the United States. On what grounds is it Constitutional for the children of these non-citizens to become citizens at birth? It is my opinion that the Constitution should state that a person is not an automatic citizen if born in the United States to non-citizen parents.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Taryn Potts
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High school
I believe that it is a good idea the process to make an amendment is difficult. I say that because it could change your life. Also its good that they go through different people to pass it because then you can get more than one opionion. If I could propose an amendment to the Constitution it would be to make college tution free. I say that because college is really expensive.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Tyrell
Fualhaber Sidney high school
I personally think it was a great idea for our founding fathers to make it very difficult to change the document because a general audience can be easily moved to believing one thing with out know the true consequences of what may happen. systems are easily corrupted through out history and were not going to allow this to happen and an admendment to our constitution allow it to ruin our country. i think the 28th admendment should be that the first 10 admendment shouldnt but subject to change. Those first 10 were what this country was built on and its driven us ever since i dont think they should be subjet to change.

9/17/2015
Sidney MT
Katlyn Winter
Mr. Faulhaber
The constitituion has endured for so long because of how carefully and thought out all the ammendements were. They thought of the consequences of every ammendement. The constitiution is a bases of how we live our lives. Because of this, the amendment process must be difficult. People must think of everyone when making an ammendment and look at every point of veiw. It will effect everyone in some way so it must be thought out imensly. I beleive that banning automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens should be somehting to reveiw. It is becoming a problem in the United States so the problem should be looked at and discussed.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Mason
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the constitution has endured as long as it has because our nation is the greatest nation on earth. The reason the constitution is lasted this long is because it was written by extremely smart men. It is a good thing that the amendment process is difficult becasue if a new amendment is to be made, it is important to take the time to make sure it is in the best interest of the country.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Mikayla
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think it is good that it's hard to create another amendment since it is a very delicate thing. The Constitution still needs some improvement because this is the modern age. Sure it's tradition, but we don't always need to follow tradition. It stumps our growth as a nation. Despite that, The Constitution has endured enough judgement for the past years. It's constantly referred to and questioned at times, but most of it establishes the basis of our country in a very organized fashion.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Kaitlyn
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
We should ban automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. It is not a problem now, sure, but soon enough we could have a population problem as bad as China. Illegal Aliens using their child as an anchor baby is wrong. That child was born under (say, Mexican) parents. Those children should be Mexican not American. If they so choose to become American citizens when they are older, they can take a citizenship test just like everyone else.

9/17/2015
Sidney MT
Christian Eggar
Mr. Faulhaber
I think why the Constitution has endured so long is because it simply works. The Constitution has been in place so long because without it we wouldn't really have any rules to go by. I think it is a good idea that the amendment process is difficult. This is so we don't rush into a passing of amendment. This way we have applicable time to analyze and go over why we need this change or amendment. I'm not exactly sure what i would propose as a amendment to the constitution, but i would like to see the U.S. uphold some original standards set forth by the founding fathers.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Hunter Nice
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think that it is good that the amendment process is difficult. The reason why is simple, if this said process was not difficult anybody could bring up some stupid, bogus amendment that would probably be passed easily. So yes the amendment process being difficult is a good idea. this process pretty much makes it so that the people can have their say on something.

9/17/2015
Sidney/ Montana
Marcus
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that a balanced fiscal budget would provide to the economic well being of our country. Having a budget where revenue matches or exceeds expenses would pull us out of the debt we've aquired while trading with foreign countries.

9/17/2015
Sidney Montana
Micala Morehouse
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
i feel like the Constitution has endered because it outlines major life needs and equality for all people. I think it is good so that the constitution remains just at the common ground and not go off onto lesser ideals. I would try to get the Equal Rights Amendment to get passed again so that everyone can truly get the equality they deserve.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Clay
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney Highschool
I am not all for the 28th amendment. I feel that the amendments that have been brought up are not really that important with the exception of the granting of U.S. citizenship. If there had to be a 28th amendment the government should consider this on strongly. There is a problem with immigrants coming illegally to have a child and be granted automatic citizenship. I feel that they should then be exempt from that amendment and be put back from where they are from. After the government does what they need to do.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Heather CHreiman
Sidney High School Mr. Faulhaber
I think its a good idea that the amendment process is difficult because if it were easy we would have too must pointless amendments. I think the 28th amendment should have been banning automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens because that child is just being born there so the parents can stay. and i think its selfish parenting towards the child.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Jarod
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
Out of the topics listed, I would have to choose the banning of automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. I think that would be a good 28th amendment because I think they should not be allowed to come to the United States illegally and have a child just to get citizenship for it. If they come to America legally, then I could support it, but not if they are coming here by sneaking in and having a child just so their child would have citizenship and they would have a lesser chance of deportation. So I feel like that would make a good 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Kelsie Hall
Sidney High School
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It's lasted for so long because the convention took their time to ensure that this constitution would be a good one and that it wouldn't have to be changed. I think it's a really good idea to make the amendment process more difficult. If they wouldn't have, anybody could make any changes to the Constitution and it would affect the entire United States. Through this process, it causes the Senate and House of Representatives to really take a look at the amendments and decide if they will benefit the United States in a larger way.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Matt Folstad
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I feel that alot of the debates going around today are over rights already given to us. For example, people are trying to get rid of the 2nd ammendment. I think that these unalienable rights are protected but should have some sort of law to keep people from attempting to revoke them.

9/17/2015
creekside highschool
cynthia pinegar
mr.jabro
i think the most useful admendment is abolishing of the electoral college. for a country which prides itself as the "best democracy" your voting system isnt that democratic.

9/17/2015
sidney MT
Lane
Brad Fahlaber/Siney Public Schools
I think birth right citizenship shouldnt be allowed. They should have to go back to their country and when there ready they can come take the citizenship test. I think that they should have to work and the legal way of getting in to our contry. Not just have a kid and be allowed to stay. I think if they had to take the test there would be alot less mexicans and alot less crimes.

9/17/2015
Sidney MT
Dillon
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the 28th Amendment should be how we get our citizen ship. People shouldn't be able to move here and be pregnent and have a kid and the kid becomes an american. That is wrong sent them back it is not an american. They should sent the whole family back. First of all the family snuck over here and then they want to become an american that is wrong. If they want to become an american they should have to take a test and earn it.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Brady
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I believe that we should change the in state taxes to where the money we pay for taxes comes back to the area that we are living to help funding for road construction and traffic lights to help strengthen the area you are living.

9/17/2015
Sidney MT
lucas
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the 28th amendment should not allow people to go to school if they do not wish too or if their future has nothing to do with what the school is "teaching" us. For example all the farm kids that are just going to take up the family business are not going to need to know what the school has to offer because they are learning everything they need to from their parents. Or maybe we should just allow the kids to choose their classes that they think will help them instead of taking classes that do nothing for them.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Tel Hermanson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe the 28th amendment should ban automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S to parents who are not citizens of the U.S. This amendment goes back to the argument over "anchor babies" and whether or not non-citizens are taking advantage of the system. I think they should not be allowed. If their parents are not citizens of the United States then they should not be protected by the laws the govern the United States. The 14th amendment was only passed so that children of slaves freed during the civil war would be granted citizenship. The 14th amendment therefore is out of date. The only way to stop the argument would be to pass the amendment not allowing for that to happen.

9/17/2015
Sidney/Montana
Chris
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney Public Schools
The Constitution is the backbone of this great nation. To change it requires a great process and endueing so creates less error for mistakes. In this day and age I think the 28th Amendment of the Constitution should be Colleges shouldnt be able to rack up their prices just because the have the Federal Government. Should be able to have everyone have a chance to better themselves and their education. That is what I would change.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Quinn
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the 28th Amendment should be banning automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens. This should be the 28th Amendment because it allows a family to stay int United States even though they are not citizens.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Trent
Mr. Faulhaber
The Constitution has endured so long because it is able to be added to and tweaked from time to time to make it better for the people. It is good that an amendment is difficult to be passed so something doesnt get passed that would have consquences that nobody thought of. I think that cooperations shouldnt be allowed to try and help a canidate get into office that is going to be most beneifical to their cooperations.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Kade
Mr. Faulhaber
After thinking for a while, I believe that the 28th Amendment should be on equal rights of both genders. As a male, I know that sounds odd but at the same time it would be neccessary. In my life, I have seen women do more laborous tasks then men, or in general just have more drive to do more. If both were equal, it would be good for competition in work places for it would allow women to work for equal, if not more pay, than men, and those men who don't like it will have to work harder to stay ahead if they do not wish to fall behind a women. Honestly it would not matter to me for I believe that women deserve to have the right to stand on equal grounds as men for in the long run, women are needed just as much if not more than men

9/17/2015
Sidney Montana
Alexis
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the 28th Amendment to the Constitution should be that all Americans should have to take the citizenship test. The reason being is because if you live in the United States you should know the history and what our country fought for to have the things we have today.

9/17/2015
sidney
Nick
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
the 28th amendment should make every able bodied male and female serve in the military for atleast a year. With the way things are going in the middle east and the U.S. losing allies left and right i think we should make our country a safer stronger nation by incorporating military training into their lives. I know many people wouldnt like this but if it betters our country and keeps us safe then i think it is a reasonable sacrifice to give a year of your time. Not to mention with obesiety on the rise and at the highest its ever been this could make us not only a safe country but a healthy one too.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Sadie
Mr. Faulhaber
I think for the 28th Amendment it should be Equal Rights Amendment. Why you may ask? My reason for this is because it bands discrimination based on what gender you are. It gives all people the chance to be equal. And On Consitution Day it is for We the People artical. So what would make better sense then that? Shouldnt matter what gender you are or who you love. Everyone should be equal, if it dosn't matter anymore about what skin color you are it shouldn't matter your gender.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Cayden
Mr.Faulhaber/ Sidney High Schoo
If i were going to draft a 28th amendment it would require every able bodied citizen to serve at least two years in a branch of the military. Just like in Great Britan where they require every citizen two serve for two years and they have some of the most patriotic citizens and one of the best militarys on the planet. it would make our citizense have more respect for their country and its soldiers. The country has done so much for us the least we can do is give up two years of or lives to defend or country.

9/17/2015
Sidney, MT
Danielle
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney Highschool
I think that the 28th ammendment should be to abolish the Electoral College and let voters directly vote for the President and Vice President.

9/17/2015
Sidney/MT
Dominic
Faulhaber Sidney High School
The Constitution has endured long because of lasting belief and respect for the amendments. It is a good idea to make it difficult to pass an amendment because then they would lose prominence and it helps to keep counterproductive amendments from being passed. I have no general grand idea for a 28th amendment that would be benificial to the grand scheme of things.

9/17/2015
Sidney, Montana
Chelsey
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe the 28th Amendment should be for the under age (minor) employees. As a student under the age of 18, I am not able to vote in our country. As an employee, I pay taxes as well. If a student cannot vote, than they should not pay taxes in the sense that minors are not able to dictate where their money is going. When a person turns 18, taxes may be imposed.

9/16/2015
Shreveport, La
Jennifer
Fair Park College Prep
PLEASE can we not have an electoral college anymore? I am a Democratic leaning independent living in a blood red state. I have to force myself to the polls and feel futile doing so. Being a state locked up for Republicans, neither the Democrats or Republicans spend any amount of time or money in our state. It would be much more engaging to students of civics to actually see the political process in action without having to look to contests in other states

9/16/2015
Murrieta,CA
Amber
Mr. Jabro Creekside Highschool
I think the Constitution as endured a life of organization for the people and equality for one another. I believe that it is a good idea to have the amendment process quite difficult because it takes time to discuss the upcoming amendment and it takes time for the amendment to be written.

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