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What would your Constitution look like if you participated in the Constitutional Convention?

May 20, 2015

“I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain may be able to make a better Constitution.”

–Ben Franklin, September 17, 1787

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

The year is 1787. Being of sound mind and well regarded in your state and community, you are sent to Philadelphia for a convention to amend the Articles of Confederation.

The Articles of Confederation have been the governing document for the past decade and have taken your fledgling nation through a war of independence and through the first tumultuous years of the new republic. But there is a problem, the Articles created a weak central government, and states have begun unraveling, threatened with internal strife and hostilities to the point of war between states.

A convention to amend the Articles has been called by Charles Pinckney of South Carolina, and 12 of the colonies have sent representatives. Rhode Island, the smallest state, refuse to send delegates, fearing that any amendments to the Articles would strip veto powers from the states, reducing small states’ influence in government.

The convention opens on May 25. Almost immediately, the Articles are thrown out, and the delegates begin talking about a new constitution that would lay the framework for a new federal government. But what will that government look like?

The answer to that question is up to you.

Blessed with insight on how the Constitution has held up over these hundreds of years, you can apply your knowledge to your constitution. Would the government still be divided into three separate branches? Would the branches retain the same powers? Would you include age restrictions or term limits for judges or lawmakers? Would the Senate have to approve presidential cabinet appointments? Who would decide who becomes a Supreme Court justice?

Many changes have been made throughout the years; from amending the Constitution to give women the right to vote to having the voters in the states elect senators instead of the state government.

Although the Constitution had language about freedom, it also allowed slavery and established the Fugitive Slave Clause that forced free states to return escaped slaves to their masters. Would this make it into your Constitution?

Now it’s your turn. You are a delegate. What would your government look like? How many branches would your government have? What would their powers be? Would you include a Bill of Rights, or include other, later amendments into the body of the new Constitution? Would you drop any of the amendments? 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
I believe that the system of government in place currently is a wonderful government. I do feel however that the federal government has gained too much power which has thrown off the balance put in place by our founding fathers. The government is meant to have checks in balances through other branches of government and due to the 14th amendment and the commerce clause, states are now ruled by what the federal government says. I would keep the government as it is with the current number or branches and representatives but would allow states to have supremacy and the final ruling. In regards to the rights of the people I would clarify on certain rights such as the second amendment so that it was clear that it is the right of all citizens to own firearms and that it is to protect the people from the government.

3/6/2018
Sidney/MT
Kyle
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
My government would be very similar to the government of today. I honestly feel like our country does a decent job of organizing itself to balance out power. The three branches of government would definitely stay the same for me. The Bill of Rights would be an absolute necessity, as the rights of the people are important and should be respected. They would stand the same as well, with the ability to get additional amendments through a tedious process. I would not have the Fugitive Slave Clause because they are people and not property, and deserve to be treated as such. If they manage to get away, let them start their own lives. I would also make slight changes for clarity, such as adding "man and woman" or things of that nature to allow for a crystal clear statement that women do have the same rights and protections as men. The voting system would work the same, what with the presidential election using the Electoral College and so on. The levels of representation make sense to me, however keeping the Supreme Court for their lifetime is excessive. Perhaps a 30 year partial rotation of them would suffice for allowing new ideas and opinions to have some say. As far as additional amendments go, I feel that as of now, no additions are necessary.

3/5/2018
Sidney/MT
Luke
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If I were a delegate to the Philadelphia convention, I would be in full support of Roger Sherman’s Connecticut Compromise. That is, I’d keep the system of having the national government split into three branches, each with their own sphere of influence and designated roles. The legislative branch would retain the greatest relative amount of power; they would, as they do today, introduce laws and policies that affect the entire nation, and only in situations where such laws are needed at the federal level. The executive branch would enforce the law of the land – particularly, the Constitution itself. The judicial branch would serve to interpret the Constitution in cases where violations of Constitutional rights are concerned, NOT to alter future interpretations to serve their own political views or agendas. While I wouldn’t apply any major age restrictions for court justices or lawmakers, other than reasonable minimum ages to ensure maturity and knowledgeability, I would limit both the President and members of the Senate to two terms, with members of the House limited to three. The Senate would have to approve nominations to the president’s cabinet, as well as confirming Supreme Court justice appointments by the president. While I’d likely be in the minority to support adding clauses that specify that both women and African Americans are guaranteed citizenship and voting rights, I would push for their adoption. “All men are created equal,” after all. My version of the Constitution would also include a basic Bill of Rights, with the option for more rights to be specified in later amendments. If the nation held together under my version of the Constitution, I’d doubt it would remain in the same state of affairs as when I wrote it. Thus, I would specify that every fifty years or so, a new convention would be called to make revisions to the document, updating it to the current state of affairs at the time of revision while maintaining the outline of the original law.

3/5/2018
Sidney/Montana
Naomi Mata
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If I were ever a delegate I would keep the structure we currently have. However, I would make it possible for immigrants to be president also, as long as if they are of age and have been in the United States for 20 years. I would put more restrictions on the Second Amendment, which allows the government to set reasonable restrictions. There would still be three branches of government, so neither of them get too powerful. I would also keep the Bill of Rights in language that all people can read, but the only modification as I said before is to the Second Amendment. I would not drop any amendments because all of them are necessary, however I would add an Amendment ensuring that illegal immigrants become a citizen in a reasonable time-frame. That is all I would add into the Constitution making becoming a citizen as number eleven in the Bill of Rights.

3/5/2018
Sidney/MT
Madison
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Since I know how our government works today, I would not change very much of what the original Founders created. I believe that the three branches of power are a necessity to protect the liberties of the American people. They would have the same powers they had originally and put more regulations in place to prevent career politicians. These regulations would be a salary cap, like the 27th amendment, and term limits. The limits would cap senators at three terms and representatives at nine; this way the people have the option to elect desirable congressmen for an extended period but prevent career politicians at the same time. I would include a Bill of Rights for the same reason as the original one was added and keep the amendment process the same as it is in Article V so that they are only made if they are truly necessary.

3/4/2018
Sidney/MT
Myka
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If I was a delegate, my government would be a simple, straight forward type, in which the average citizen could easily understand. I would have three branches of government. One branch would cooperate with the President, to keep his or her checks and balances upright, the other branch would listen to the voice and opinions of the citizens of the United States, and the last branch would work with the citizens and unite to solve problems or make changes for the good of the public. Three branches would be necessary in my case, so the power would be leveled out and wouldn't end up in the hands of one person. I would include a Bill of Rights, and I do not believe that our country needs any more amendments added in so far.

3/4/2018
Sidney/Montana
Tierney
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe the Constitution created by the Founders is a terrific document that has served our nation in a positive, beneficial manner for over 200 years, thus, I do not think much needs to be changed. As the Auditor of Montana, Matt Rosendale, stated, it has “and will continue to serve our nation well, if the President, Congress, and Supreme Court all uphold and defend it as originally intended.” With this being said, my system of government and Constitution would face only minor changes. I would still divide the government into three separate branches, each maintaining the same powers they were originally granted. I feel like this system has worked very well over these past hundreds of years, providing separation of powers and checks and balances to ensure that neither branch will become too powerful or take control over the others, thus I would keep this system in place. I would, however, place term limits on Congress. I understand that unlimited terms guarantee members serving will have great experience and be very knowledgeable, however, I think having different, younger people with fresh, new ideas serve would be beneficial in order to ensure the country is tending to the needs and wants of the people at all times. I would have the House of Representatives serve a term of 6 years, which would be three, two-year terms. I would have the Senate serve two, six-year terms, amounting to 12 years. Lastly, I would no longer have Supreme Court Justices serve for life; I would enable them to serve for a maximum of 18 years. I would not change the age requirements for these positions, who approves the presidential cabinet appointments, or who decides the Supreme Court Justices; I believe all of these are fine the way they were originally intended to be. Lastly, my Constitution would abolish the Electoral College and provide a direct election for the President and Vice President. I would also give women equal rights, prohibit slavery, making it known that it will NOT be t

3/4/2018
Sidney/MT
Breanna
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If I were a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, I would support the current government. I would stand for three separate branches of power, the executive, legislative, and judicial, each operating in their own line of work. There would, of course, still be the system of checks and balances where the branches are regulated and prohibit one branch from exerting too much power. I would support the original Bill of Rights and not want to add additional amendments quite yet. As for the justices, they would be nominated by the president and voted upon by Congress, Cabinet members would not need Congress' approval. Senators would have a term limit of three, allowing for 12 years, and Representatives could potentially serve six two-year terms, also adding to 12 total years. This would ensure a fitter Congress and improve their teamwork.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Skylar
Mr. Lewis
My government would look great. My government would have 3 branches.The Executive branch, Judicial branch, and Legislative branch. They would have basically the same powers as today as well. I think we should keep the same ideals as the ones in the constitution we still use today. It has worked well for over 100 years so i don't see the need for changing it. There would still be a bill of rights, i dont think any more amendments need to be included just yet.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Autumn
Mr. Lewis
My government would be simple so everyone could understand. The rich, the poor, the educated, and the uneducated would all be the same understanding level of my government. I would have two braches of government. One branch would work with citizens and listen to what is going good and bad. The other branch would work with the President. I would make sure there would be checks and balances to the president doesn't abuse his powers but is still powerful. I would include a Bill of Rights and the Amendments. I would add a change to the first amanedment, there would be freedom of religion without discrimination.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ Montana
Mackenzey
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
As for me and determining the constitution i would keep the three branches of government because each of these three branches have a job and with these individual jobs they keep order of checks and balances in the government. In the constitution i would state that slavery will not be tolerated. I would still include all of the amendments, the amendments we have now have a great way of giving the Americans their rights that wont and should not be taken away from them. I would also keep the way tat the president and the branches of government are set up for example the number of years that the president and senate and congress etc, has in office and the age of these people, because the age makes them have more years of experience so by the time they are put in an official government spot they know what they are doing and how they can improve these things also i think the terms are good because it doesnt give these government officials to much power of staying in these positions for too long but also gives them the amount of time needed to defend our country and make it a great place for America to live.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Montana
Jacey
Mr. Lewis
My government would be a lot like today's government. I think the president should have power but not too much power. Which makes checks and balances a good system. I also like how there are three branches of government. There are different people for different branches but everything stems together. Congress would also have power to deny military rights to the President, just like how it is now. I would want the Constitution to be as stable as possible.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Jordan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention I would have went with the three branches of government and checks and balances. I also would have the president choose nominees for the supreme court justices but I would have congress approve of/vote for them. I do agree with the president being able to choose his own cabinet with no approval. I also would add term limits for senators and state representatives. I feel our delegates did a good job setting up our Constitution.

9/16/2016
Sidney MT
Brenley
Sidney High School Mr. Lewis
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention I probably wouldn't say much. The current government we have now seems to work pretty well and why fix something that isn’t broken. The one thing I would speak up about and fight for would be freedom of slaves. The men involved in the writing of the constitution clearly avoided anything about slavery because they didn't even use the word slave. . The total abolishment of slavery would be the only thing that I would change in the constitution.

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
John Beyer
Mr. Lewis/Sidney Highschool
I would definitely keep things the way they are. There are only a few things i would change. There are many grey areas. I believe that there are a few powers that aren't clearly stated. Like the inherent powers are very grey. As are the executive powers.

9/16/2016
sidney,mt
lane
Mr.lewis
If i were a delegate at the constitutional convention I wouldn't change a lot of things, as a matter of fact, the constitution would overall look the same. Although in the Executive branch I would limit the amount of years one can hold office as President.

9/16/2016
sidney/mt
Brett Norby
Lewis/SHS
If I had the opportunity to form the government, I would not see a lot of change happening simply because I believe that the way America is ran today is pretty well structured. I would keep the three branches of government but small things would change. I think that the Supreme Court judges should not be appointed by the president because this give him way to much power to influence the judges during his presidency and keep control long after he is done with his presidency. I Think that the senate should vote to who to keep in the position and the term limit should be shortened to ten years or less. With the possibility of a lifetime, the outcome of the productiveness of these people just isn't as productive as setting a term limit and getting new people in and out continuously. The president would still be allowed to pick his cabinet members. The slaves would obviously be free and all would be equal no matter what race, gender, or religion. I would also still include the bill of rights. Other than these small changes, I would shape the United States to be the same as it is today with each branch having the same powers.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Jaz
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
Everyone tells you from the moment you are born, Your an American, and you should be proud of that. Why? Because were free To be free is a great thing, but when I look at how our government works, I slowly but sure find things I would change if I were a delegate. To give one man absolute power is a dangerous thing, but it is said that the presidents with the scariest amount of executive powers, have been some of the best. I agree with this. I would give more power to our president, and a little less for congress. I realize this is something bold to say, but i feel the president will not get anything done in his term if Congress keeps shooting his ideas down. I want a leader who knows the needs of the people and doesn't have a thorn in his side when trying to meet those needs. I think we got everything right except this aspect of true Democracy.

9/16/2016
sidney
diego
Mr. lewis
My government would be a democracy. I would have three branches just like we have today. The first branch would be in charge of the funds. The second would be in charge of all things war. The third would be in charge of the people and keeping them happy. Yes i would include the bill of rights because i think it is well put together and i would like to use it. I would not drop any of the amendments because i see no problems with them.

9/16/2016
Sidney,MT
Sabryna
Mr.Faulhaber/SHS
My government would look really similar to what the modern government is. I would keep the three branches that we have now because it helps keep power in control and the president can not become a tyrant. The judicial would have the same powers and same with Congress. the president would have a little more power in creating laws and his opinion on the laws that are made to keep the nation going. I would keep the Bill of Rights and the Constitution just how it is not add or take anything away because its a starting point of laws and keeps laws in check and also the government and nation in check. There is not much i would change considering the government is working and it seems like the only main thing would be tat the president have a little more power in helping with law making just to make sure the nation is getting what it needs and that a tyrant is not created.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
Peachlyn
Faulhaber/SHS
The constitution should not be difficult to understand, it should be straight forward, and understandable to everyone. The government would still keep the three branches. executive, judicial, and legislative. Their powers would relatively remain the same.The bill of rights would also stay the same, an amendment or law that i would like to include is mandatory voting, this country fight hard for rights to vote and to have a say in who is in charge, so i believe that you need to vote or you are going to pay a high fine. The other amendments would also stay the same, if not a little bit stricter.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Logan
Mr. Lewis
If i were sent to convention, I would write the constitution similar to what it is today. I would do this because I think our country has for a majority, prospered off of it. I would keep the three separate branches so that theres not just one group of very powerful people, but three so that they balance out.I would include age restrictions and term limits for judges. I would make it so they both would have to have at least 10 years of experience at a lower age and were at least 28. I believe terms should be every 5 years. Yes, the Senate would have to approve presidnetal cabinet appointments. I think all three brances of government should vote on who becomes a supreme court justice. I would give women more equal rights in my constitution. I would not allow slaves or the Fugitive Slave Clause. I would also include a Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Overall, what i would change most in the constitution is more details so it is more specific with presidential powers.

9/16/2016
sidney/ montana
Jared steinbeisser
lewis/sidney
The constitution convention is held to make america better. I would make the constitution easier to understand. One thing i would add is equality to all the people. I would also make voting up to the people of the united states and not just the senators of each state.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ MT
Adam
Wentz
If i were to attend this Constitutional Convention im not toally sure if i would be up to changing a whole lot about it. In my eyes i believe that alot of the things on the constitution are well put and usually quite fair to all people born and raised of the United States. Very often you see people fighting the right to bear arms, but for me the right to bear arms is a very important thing to alot of people, and if your willing to try and take that away from them then i consider you no better than a crazy person. People act like it is the gun doing the killing when in all reality it is the person themselves. I guess in a way i believe that backround checks should be more advanced, because someone with a medical history of something that could make them crazy at any moment should not have access to a gun. But in the end i beleve that Ben Franklins quote, "I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain may be able to make a better Constitution." is spot on.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Madison Thiessen
Mr. Lewis Sidney High School
If I were sent to the convention, I would try to make changes that would be best for our Nation. My government would still have three branches. The difference is, I would give less power to the president. For example, if the president believed something needed to be changed, he would have to go to the House of Representatives, the Senate, Congress, and the public to get feedback and opinions on this change. I believe it is not right to put so much power into the hands of one person. I would still have the Bill of Rights, it sets a good standard towards the government and the people. For the most part, the constitution has done a great job in explaining the powers of the president and the jobs of everyone in the government. It would be really hard to change the constitution and still make everything run smoothly. My concern is possibly changing acts and amendments could cause more conflicts than not.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Parker
Mr. Louis
If I were to be apart of the constitution convention, I would probably only change the people's rights. Mainly to help create equality for all. Slaves would not have been slaves if I were allowed to be apart of the constitution. Mainly because it's just not naturally right for someone to own another person. Even if the southern states would not have agreed with us or even decided to not follow the American revolution. I would not forfeit the rights of another human being for the sake of others. But besides that, the founding fathers did a great job all on their own with the constitution they made a long time ago.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tanner
Mr. Lewis
If I was a delegate and sent to the convention, my government would look a lot like the government we have today, but I would like for it to be a complete democracy where the citizens vote, instead of having an electoral vote. I would keep the three branches of government, but strengthen the executive branch more. I would keep the constitution the same, and include a bill of rights.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Sierra
Mr Faulhaber Sidney High School
If I were a part of this convention I would have called for clearer presidential and congress powers. I feel that congress has too much power over the president but at the same time the president would have too much power if it weren't for those checks. The solution would be to have clear expressed powers and not allow inherent powers to exist.

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
Taylor Schepens
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
If I was sent to the convention, I would try to leave the Constitution the same as much as I could. The way that it is set up now is pretty understandable. It has been the same for awhile now and I would hate to change it up when we are just starting to understand. But I would have three separate branches just like we do now, maybe add another one if that would make things run smoother. I would make the branches have the same power. I would probably change and or add a age restriction and term limit just to be safe. And I would definitely have the Senate approve presidential cabinet appointments.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tia
Sidney High School
I think if i had a chance to participate in the Constitutional Convention the giovernment would pretty much look the same. Everything there doing is doing what their jobs are and they are getting through it perfectly fine. I feel like if I was involved i would screw everything up because i am just 17 and have no clue about any of this.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
Jared J
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
If i were a delegate my government would look a little different then it does today. I would make sure that everyone has equal rights. I do not think its fair that women could get paid less then a man if they are doing the same job. So i would make sure its all equal. I would still have the three branches of government to make sure if something gets passed it will work. I would give all three the powers to veto bills and laws and also makeup new laws if it was passed by all three branches and the president. I would include the Bill of Right and i would not drop any amendments.

9/16/2016
sidney, mt
Miller
Faulhaber
The constitution would not look much different if i had been there. I believe that the constitution has been flexed and missinterperated way too much as it is. I feel the founding fathers would be dissapointed in what we have done with both the constitution and this country

11/8/2015
Diamond Bar/ CA
ClaireP4
Wong/Lorbeer
If I were sent to the convention, I would try to make the Constitution a flexible and easy to interpret as possible. My reason for that is that the Constitution should be a document for not only the well educated but for everyone. The three branches of government , executive, legislative, and judicial, with their powers would remain but I would strengthen the power and the checks that the judicial branch has. Amendment two, the right to bear arms, would be more specific; people have a right to bear arms if a doctor or a trained professional can assure the your health and intentions of using a gun are healthy and safe. Other than the revisions of the second amendment, I would keep the other amendments intact. But I would add an amendment that states every two years there should be a convention to review and possibly amend the Constitution to make it the most applicable and relevant to daily life and current issues.

10/13/2015
NJ
Vitaliya
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The Constitutional Convention was held to better the future of America by forming a government that was strong enough to protect the rights of citizens. However, I do believe that there could have been changes to make to further better the Constitution. First of all, I would fight for equality and for rights to be extended to everyone; blacks, women, and minorities. Furthermore, I would want to include that race does not affect the path someone should live and gender does not determine how competent a person is to vote and participate in the public sphere. I would also want to include restrictions on guns and other weapons because I feel that as time passed, gun violence has increased. However, if the government were strict about guns from the start than just maybe we might have been able to minimize the number of deaths caused by guns. Besides rights of the public I would also want to include information about the rule of government. First of all, all positions in government should have term limits. I would most likely fight to keep age restrictions as they are because they seem fair enough. Furthermore, I think it would be important to settle disputes about land once and for all, by setting a limit to how much land we should own and how we come to acquire it, all during the convention because we could have stopped the bloodshed that followed in the 1880s. Overall, I feel that if I were part of the Constitutional Convention I would focus mainly of citizen's unalienable rights because I feel that their rights were neglected as America grew.

10/9/2015
Washington, NJ
Hunter
Warren Hills
If I participated in the Constitutional Convention, I would definitely require age restrictions on judges and lawmakers. It is rare for younger people to have maturity and the know-how to make important decisions that affect peoples' lives so substantially. I would also divide the government into two branches as opposed to two. Personally, i would get rid of the Legislative branch and let the people make their own laws to some degree. Of course, they cant make or get rid of every law they want, but to some extent they should have a lot more say. We should directly hear from the people on laws they want or do not want. Not from some corrupt politicians who are only in it for the money and power they receive. And sure, maybe at first the House and the Senate wasn't corrupt, but thats what it inevitably became. I would drop the 9th amendment because it leads to a lot of legal confusion. If people are granted rights that are not still in the constitution, then what rights do they mean by this.

10/8/2015
Washington, NJ
Emily
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I was given the opportunity to change or make the constitution different I would keep probably the three branches of government.I think that the legislative, judicial, and executive branches work well and keep our government well organized. I would include making an age requirement for lawmakers and judges, I believe that in order to possess that kind of power one would have to gain some life experience and more maturity. I would suggest that the president should approve the cabinet appointments because the President would be the person who has to rely on these people the most. I would keep the system of how one would become supreme court justice, meaning that the President would nominate an individual and the Senate would vote on approving the nomination. The Constitution would not include the institution of slavery and would be specific about all poeple having freedoms and rights despite gender or race. Some aspects that I would personally change would be putting a cap on campaign budgets so that a candidate who is better off financially would not receive an unfair advantage so that both candidates would be elected and viewed based off of their own ideas and principles. This would allow for a more equal opportunity for all candidates running.

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Andy
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Here's my idea(s): The President's term is extended to six years, however after serving for one term, he or she may not seek reelection. Under this system, the President has enough time to accomplish significant foreign and domestic goals. He would be able to truly set a path for the American people. Because s/he would not have to worry about being reelected; the President would no longer have to pander to certain constituencies or party insiders. He could act freely, and do what he thinks is best for the country regardless of whether it would hurt his standing in an upcoming election. The President could fully devote themselves to governing rather than campaigning. This would help loosen the gridlock in Washington and help spur bipartisan agreements. I would also propose that the Speaker of the House be chosen by an independent non-partisan council. The Speaker's job would be to hold lawmakers accountable and to report back to the people any corruption or fraud they discover. This would reduce pork and help give the people a much needed "check" on Congress. Lastly, I would establish a balanced budget amendment. This way, the country's spending can be well monitored. This would insure that we do not spend outside of our means, and help create a nation that's more fiscally responsible.

10/8/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Jacob
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If i were a delegate at the constitutional convention I wouldn't change a lot of things, as a matter of fact, the constitution would overall look the same. I would still have two houses based upon population and equal representation. One thing I would try to avoid however is the two party system. This pits us against each other when we should be working as a team. Although I'm not quite sure how to avoid this. Another change I would make is to make presidential terms 6 years, and make it so that you can only run once. This prevents presidents from spending their first terms pandering to the people and then flip flopping on their second term. Presidents get done what they need to get done.

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Will
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention I feel that the government would not change a drastic degree. The main thing I would change would be that I would want a clause to abolish slavery right away. It was definitely a major problem and a clause that would prevent future segregation should be included as well. Bicameral Legislature has worked so far and it is stable and prevents dictatorship. The branches we currently have in place are already effective. The only thing that I feel should be addressed is the fourth branch also known as "the people". Technically it is part of the executive branch however it should be stressed out a little more. An amendment that could have been added would be one that promotes the welfare of children. The most important part to me is to guarantee equality for everyone. I do not believe i would have been able to offer much in terms of new ideas. Our government is not perfect but it has definitely been working and there is only room for improvement.

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Julie
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I had the opportunity to be a delegate at the Constitutional Convention I would provide opinions similar to those of the founding fathers . I would keep the things that seem to be efficient such as the Separation of Powers, the Bill of Rights and the system of Checks and Balances. Although in the Executive branch I would limit the amount of years one can hold office as President. I believe it should be a single 5 year term, thus allowing them enough time to make a successful impact but if he/she is not representing the will of the people, he/she can't run for a second term. This would also allow new ideas in the Executive branch giving it a fresh environment. Presidential Campaigns and other government campaigns would be ban from excepting "donations" from corporations or non- profits. This would hopefully stop the campaigns from being biased and all about money to being focused more on America and it's people. The last thing I would change is that Supreme Court Justices would not have life terms. They would be limited to a 7 year term just as all other government positions are limited to certain terms.

10/8/2015
Washington, NJ
Dylan
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I had been given the opportunity to participate in the Constitutional Convention, the government would operate in a similar way. I believe that the Checks and Balances system are essential in having power equally distributed throughout the three branches of government. Not only that, but I find the bicameral legislature to be efficient as well because having power given to the states based on population seems to be fair. However, I feel that the Electoral College is a bit too privileged. Some states are given too much representation based off of the Electoral College's aspects of giving states more political representation over having the majority vote rule. Ultimately, having a more fair voting system where the majority vote takes all responsibility in who is elected into office will greatly improve our country as a whole because the people will be given authority to elect who should be elected into office.

10/8/2015
washington/ new jersey
Krystal
rockosny/ Warren hills
If I were present at the constitutional convention I would have agreed with many aspects of the Constitution. For example I believe that having seperate branches of government great and have held up thus far. The system of checks and balances is effective and works to make sure that one system is not stronger than the other. Some of the changes that I would have made were to address slavey and add a clause to abolish it. Within the Constitution the lanuage of freedom is very prevalent and as a delegate I would have insured freedom for slaves as well. Along with this I would add about equality for not only all races but as well all genders as we are all created equal. I would also add an age restriction and term limits for judges and lawmakers. I belive that times change and often times in these seats are career politicians who do not also progress with the times. They also often time might be in government for personal gain and not the well being of our country. I would also make it so that the voting of presidents was much more impacted by the common people and not so much big buisness or millionaires. The Constitution has been a very effective document all the time it has been used but these are just a few of the concerns I would have mentioned if i was a delegate during the Constitutional convention.

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Sarvani
Rokosny/Warren Hills
The U.S. Constitution created at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 is one of the founding documents of our nation; however, I do feel that there are some parts that could have been written differently that would only benefit our nation. For example, pertaining to the Bill of Rights, I would have added that the right of privacy and its guidelines should be explicitly stated because there are quite a few conflicts pertaining to that very vague, implied right. Also, I would have added the abolition of slavery as well because I feel that African Americans have suffered quite enough already up to 1787 and they should not have to wait any longer for the rights that they should have been granted from the beginning. Furthermore, I would add a clause in which the Supreme Court Justices change with the president because the justices are chosen by a specific president and given jobs for life, and their ideals, standards, and judgments are those of another mindset and time and are chosen specifically based on what the president during that time thought would be a good idea. Also, I would take out the restrictions on the number of terms a president can have-or at least extend it to 5 terms, because sometimes the policies that amazing presidents want to enact cannot be done within the limits they have. However, there are many parts of the Constitution that I truly appreciate such as the system of checks and balances and the Bill of Rights because those parts of our government, that are unique to our nation, are benevolent and have worked very well thus far in our society. Ultimately, I feel that the founders did an amazing job at drafting the Constitution based on the different circumstances that they endured. When making these claims, I am speaking on behalf of what I feel should be changed because of the consequences I have seen; however, these men could not see any of that and I applaud their work with the Constitution because of its amazing outcomes in our world today.

10/8/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Anthony
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention I would try to add to the Constitution because I think it laid a solid foundation on what the government should be like but with the inclusion of more amendments many of the problems the United States has encountered could have been prevented. To start, I would include universal suffrage for all citizens over eighteen and all the civil rights amendments and the abolishment of slavery. I think if the delegates all followed the phrase “all men are created equal” the United States would be better off. I also would include an amendment that states that the Constitution should and must be kept up to date with the times and applied to current times. For example, the debate about gun control is fueled by the wording of the second amendment as some people believes everyone has the right to carry a gun and some believe it only is talking about the restriction on the federal government in taking away states’ militia’s. The amendment I propose would have the government reevaluate and update the Constitution. Another change would be to put year limits on Supreme Court Justices and also term limits on congressman. I think the U.S. would be better off with more frequent change in those positions. Finally, I would keep the three branches and keep the balance of powers that we have today.

10/8/2015
Washington, NJ
Victoria
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, I think I would have agreed with most of the framework of the Constitution itself, like three branches, checks and balances, and a federal government with more authority than the Articles. However, I would not have supported the Electoral College, and would have argued for the election of senators by the people. I also think that having two Houses of Congress just slows down the legislative process and is unnecessary. I understand that the Great Compromise was the easiest way to resolve a hotly debated issue, but I still think that our government, especially now, would be far more effective if bills did not have to pass through two Houses that could be controlled by two different parties. I would have argued for a single legislative body with the representation based on population, just like the House of Representatives. While this might give large states more power, large states have more people, and thus should embody a bigger voice in government. I also disagree with Madison's reasoning on factions; that a large republic would prevent them from negatively affecting government. We have two large factions, the Republican and Democratic parties, that constantly wrestle for power within our government today and prevent it from functioning efficiently and properly. I would have argued for some kind of measure to be added to the Constitution to better control factions, to some extent. This would appear in the Constitution after the eligibility requirements of representatives and state that the voting patterns, opinions, and arguments of representatives would have to closely reflect that of their constituency. This would mean that representatives would voice the wishes of the people they represent, rather than a national party organization.

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Brian Q.
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Overall, I believe that the Constitution has done a good job of laying out the foundations of the United States government. The Constitution was correct in its establishment of three branches of government, because the three branches perfectly represent the three main components of government (a legislative branch to create bills, an executive branch to pass laws, and a judicial branch to make sure that the laws created abide to the law of the land). I believe that the Constitution was also correct in making the legislative branch a bicameral one, because it helps the public have more of a say in government than they would if they only elected the President and Vice President. The bicameral legislature is also necessary to the government because it uses the population to give proper power (through the House of Representatives) to larger samples of people (for example, California has the most Representatives because they have more people, which should give them more power). However if I had to change the Constitution, I would change the way that Supreme Court justices are chosen. I agree that the President should be able to decide on who becomes a justice, and the Senate should confirm the justices, but I believe that before they can be confirmed by the Senate, the people should be able to vote for the justices, in order for them to know that the law is being upheld by justices who reflect the American public’s viewpoint on the Constitution. I would also change the way the economy is run by giving the government less power over business (but still some power), in order to move the US toward a mixed economy that is closer to the free market economic system. This could be done by taking a more slightly more laissez-faire approach to trade and commerce. Finally, I would change the Constitution by allowing people to recall presidents, similarly to the way citizens can recall lower ranking government officials, because I believe that if people are not satisfied with th

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Ryan
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, the United States government would have a few minor changes compared to the government we have today. The biggest changes that I would have for our government would be within our Legislative branch. I would first change the restriction of the Congressmen, from being a US citizen from seven years to being a US born citizen. This would limit the biases of Congressmen when creating bills on foreign affairs. Congressmen also needs more term limits since too many Congressmen are in office for their entire lives which eventually leads them to only serving themselves, not the people. One amendment that I would have put into the American Constitution when I created it would have been the 15th Amendment and the 19th Amendment. These two Amendments would allow everyone who is a citizen in the United States the right to vote, which is important since we are a Republic. Republics need the votes of the citizens in order to thrive and to survive. These changes could have made our nation even better when it was created and could help shape our nation for a better future.

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Sean
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I were a delegate at the constitutional convention I would make some minor changes to the document. I would insist that the Constitution follows the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal.” The Constitution created at the convention gave all the rights to white males. The institution of slavery was actually protected under the Constitution. If I were at the convention I would make sure that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” applies to all citizens. I would also specify who is and is not a citizen since this was not done in the original Constitution. I would keep many things the same. I believe that three separate and equal branches is necessary for insuring liberty and preventing factions from controlling the government. I would get rid of the Electoral College system which disfranchises minority voters. I would keep the age restrictions the same for all branches of government. I would however have senators voted by the people and set a term limit of three 6 year terms on senators this way the senate is not the same people because the longer a politician is in office the more corrupt he/she could become. I would also specify that the Supreme Court justices are voted on by the House of Representatives instead of being recommended by the president. The reason for giving this power to the house is because the house best represents the peoples will. I would also restrict the term of the Supreme Court Justices to 12 years. I do this in the hope that like my idea with limiting senator’s terms it will allow new ideas and laws to be created. The only group that I would not put a term limit on is the members of the House. The House represents the people so there should be no restrictions on who the people want in office.

10/8/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Joseph
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
What initially look as it would be a promising document, the Articles of Confederation turned out to be a failure, creating many unstable situations across the states. If I was a delegate tasked with the job of amending the Articles, I definitely still keep the split government. I think this is a strong suit to ensure that one branch does not have too much power. It was be very dangerous for the people if the President had the ability to write the laws, interpret the laws, and enforce the laws. I think by having these systems of checks and balances helps keep out government at a level head. However, a small adjustment I would make would be to have the people elect the Supreme Court justices. I feel by having the President nominate them and the Senate approve them is giving them too much power. Since the justices are being appointed for the people, the people should choose them. This stops corruption and “buying” one’s way into office. I would keep the term limits and age requirements for holding and elected position. I think the demand of the job perfectly matches the maturity of the age. I would also refine the Electoral College system. I do feel like the system works well most of the time, but it could definitely be fixed. If you ever looked at a US map after an election, many times the state may be almost completely red (Republican), but the Democratic candidate wins the state because of the vast population in a city. I think the amount of votes the candidate wins from the state should be organized by county instead population. Generally people in the same area share similar political views and this has proven to be true in the case of cities. Since cities have such a large population the city pretty much determines who wins the state which seems rather unfair. Instead whichever party spans most of the physical part of the state (by county) truly represents what most of the people across the state want—not a small area with a large population.

10/8/2015
Washington/NJ
Brian
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention the government would overall be very similar. I think that the bicameral legislature, with a house based on population and another on equal representation has been effective thus far. One thing that I would change is to put term limits on Senators and Representatives because nowadays there are far too many career politicians who are in government for personal gain and not to make the country a better place. Another thing that I would change is that Congress must approve the President’s cabinet. I would also like to change the Presidential Election away from the Electoral College, however I do not know what a more ideal system of voting would be. I think the best way to vote would be if you could vote for more than one candidate rather than choose just one. Then that would hopefully break the two party system, and we would get the right people in office.

10/8/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Robert
Rokosny/Warren Hills
If I were a delegate at the constitution, there would be many minor, yet important changes that i would insist upon, starting with the election of US supreme court justices. instead of the appointment by the president and approval by the senate, i would insist that the election be held among judges and lawyers across the nation, thus ensuring intelligent decisions while eliminating the bias of the president and or the senate. In addition to the election of Justices, i would move for a limited term of 10 years, give or take in case of the presence of a case. With a limited term, new opinions and views are constantly applied to the constitution and resulting in an equally balanced application of the constitution. Regarding the other branches of government, I would move for the senate to reduce the age restriction of Us Congressmen, as it is important to have a well rounded mix of people, including those young and old. Finally, i would move for an extension of the presidents term to 5 years, and removal of the restrictions on the number of terms the president can run for office on the bases that, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, allowing the president to bring lasting benefit to the government.

10/7/2015
Washington,NJ
Amanda
Warren Hills HS, Rokasny
The Constitution was drafted by a group of some of the brightest men, perhaps in American history. Because of the time period, there were items left out of the Consitution simply because we were not well developed in the tolerance department. Many aspects of the Consitution I agree with, however I believe slavery and racism should have been addressed. If I wrote the document, I would have included a clause that abolished slavery, as well as made strict guidelines as to what was considered racism and that any of these forms would be intolerable. Also, I would have added guidelines explaining specifically what criteria needed to be met in order to overthrow a "faulty" government. One of the biggest issues today is that we have allowed corporations to grow larger then the federal government, to combat this I would incorporate an amendment that made all types of corporate loop holes in regards to laws illegal as well as make it illegal for corporations to have any contribution in funding presidential campaigns. We are fortunate that the Consitution was written when it was, because at this day in age many people are too opinionated and too sensitive to be able to write a document that mostly addresses all of the major bases.

10/1/2015
Irving/Texas
Noe
Etheridge/Nimitz
If I were to be apart of the constitution convention, I would probably only change the people's rights for the sole purpose of equality. With a better support for the people there wouldn’t have been a civil war or a debate concerning slavery or immigration. Necessarily it isn't ethically sane to have more power over another race. Rather than having a civil war because of slavery, we could increase the people's rights and avoid the situation. Changing the people’s rights could avoid many acts of war.

9/29/2015
Irving,Tx
Maria
Etheridge/Nimitz
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention I wouldn’t have much to say. The current government we have now which derived from the convention seems to have worked pretty well and I’m not one to fix something that isn’t broken. One thing I would for sure to speak up about and fight for would be freedom of slaves. The men involved in the writing of the constitution clearly knew slavery was wrong because they completely avoided the usage of the word slave. Holding a human being captive is cruel and nowhere near okay. The total abolishment of slavery would be the only thing I can think of that I would change in the constitution.

9/23/2015
Irving/Texas
Alec
Etheridge/Nimitz
All the delegates that attended the constitutional convention had their own personal opinion when it came to what they would want in the new structured government they were hoping to create. I know for a fact that if I was there, I probably wouldn’t even speak because of the amount of frustrated words that would be bouncing about the room as to what the new document to should be and do. However, if I were to say something I would argue that slavery should not belong because slavery was taken way too far in the way that they had little to no personals and were treated more like property items. At the time, slavery was beginning to die off, making it a valuable time to rid slavery. I would not want to change anything in the government because it is set up well and is proven after hundreds of years that the system works efficiently and effectively.

9/23/2015
Irving/Texas
Anthony
Etheridge/Nimitz
If I was a Delegate, i would still have three branches of government - with the same powers- because with the separation of powers, everything is equal. There would be not many political changes, although there may be people who think it's flawed, but i would doubt it; they don't call me 'Mr.Perfectionist' for no reason! Rather than having a very strict government, it would be more peaceful, people would get what they asked for, within reason. with anything financial, first and foremost, would be to pay off our debts from China and later END starvation. also, the lower and middle classes would get a higher income, meanwhile the higher classes would have raised taxes. It becomes a big deal when dealing with politics, but when there is a person with the right mind set, they can make anything possible out of the blue.

9/23/2015
Irving/Tx
Jonathan
Etheridge/Nimitz
If I were to be apart of the constitution convention, I would probably only change the people's rights. Mainly to help create equality for all. Slaves would not have been slaves if I were allowed to be apart of the constitution. Mainly because it's just not naturally right for someone to own another person. Even if the southern states would not have agreed with us or even decided to not follow the American revolution. I would not forfeit the rights of another human being for the sake of others. But besides that, the founding fathers did a great job all on their own with the constitution they made a long time ago.

9/23/2015
Irving/TX
Kendyl
Ethridge/Nimitz
If I was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention, and had the opportunity to apply changes in the new document, I would most definitely still have 3 separate branches. The reason why is because we don't want one branch to have more power than the other, so therefore checks and balances came into formation. Transitioning over to the voting standpoint, I would still include the age restrictions for voting because we can't have immature people voting for things they yet don't know about. Therefore keeping the age limit to what it is now is the standard way of keeping things safe and effective. Also, as far as things go with allowing slavery, I would not include having that in the new document. Everyone is entitled to having their freedom, and that shouldn't be ruined for nobody because we were all created equal.

9/22/2015
Irving/TX
Miryam
Etheridge/Nimitz
The delegates sent to the constitutional convention were of sound mind and were well regarded; these delegates represented up-most authority and typically were very well educated. Basically, the people attending the first constitutional convention were trustworthy people who knew most about politics, not necessarily the good and the bad, but they had a good sense of knowledge for such a young system of politics. With that being said, if I was a delegate I would go about dealing with laws that would strongly benefit the country as a whole not just the favor of the people. The favor of the people would constitute for majority of opinions made, but essentially my theory would be that a unified country must act and move as a unified stronghold. The goal would be to have a strong enough form of federalism that will not over-weigh the powers of neither central government nor state government.

9/20/2015
Irving/Texas
Cesar
Etheridge/Nimitz
If I was at the Constitutional convention i really can't think of anything I would change.I understand why the founding fathers walked by basically ignoring the term slave,with their purpose being to make a sound government that could protect and serve their people.They saved us from a weak central government and to do that they avoided the big issue of slavery knowing that it would be resolved as time went by.The separation of powers is brilliant because it ensures no group can gain total control and allowing the branches to check each other when they feel one is getting out of line or goes for a power move. They had no former government to use as a basis and most ideas that make up our government are based of theories and the fact after 228 years were still using this document is crazy.I couldn't really think of any changes.

9/17/2015
Irving/Tx
Hernan
Etheridge/Nimitz
Having the position to be a delegate would be influential of me. I would have own ideas and opinions, but at the end I would have to come up with a conclusion, involving all the delegates from the other states. The government I vision would be closely like the one we have today. It would consist of three branches, such as the legislative, judicial and executive, to keep different tasks focused on by specific branches. I would also add a bill of rights. My focus would be to make everything more just, and equal. I would certainly put restrictions and term limits for judges and lawmakers, because they need to be well rounded, knowing that they will make good constitutional decisions. I would first make sure the constitution is in a stance to be accepted by everyone, and then later would make or suggest fair and just changes accordingly, while also keeping a strong government.

9/17/2015
Irving/Tx
Xiomara
Etheridge/Nimitz
If i had a saying in the constitution i would remind them that the point of having a government is to keep a balance to protect the people and their natural rights, at the time i would of liked for all men and women to be able to vote regardless of their skin color.The main goal of the Constitutional Convention was to create a centralized national government because the Articles were not providing one. I would also let there be awareness bout injustice in the court till this day i believe there is still some injustice in court cases going on lastly to keep the country in a safe environment to have more security and protection.

9/15/2015
Irving/TX
Katherine
Etheridge/Nimitz
The Constitution, as a base document meant to be built upon, is a perfectly fine government with safeguards and other considerations that were meant to protect us, and do it well. However, the electoral college, with the winner-takes-all system, has become a major problem for the United States. The popular vote is not guaranteed to be reflected in the results of the electoral college, and multiple times a president who the people didn't want has been inaugurated. This, to me, is the fundamental flaw of our government and, while I understand that it was useful in 1787, the electoral college has got to go. A little more time spent counting is a fair sacrifice to make to ensure that the leader of our country is someone who the people actually want.

9/11/2015
Irving/TX
Scarlett
Etheridge/Nimitz
Given the chance, the only thing that I would change would be to ensure that the people stay informed on their right to correct the government. Too often you hear someone comment on how they are not directly affected by government, or the fact that they can not change it, but that is because they do not recognize our right to replace a defective government. For example, the Ferguson crisis that has been going on along with racially induced police brutality has reminded the masses that we have the right to rebel when the government does not treat its citizens appropriately. The branches of the government are able to check each other and regulate power, however they too have forgotten that their main job is to protect their people, not themselves.

9/3/2015
Murrieta/California
Daniel
Mr. Jabro
In the future, if i was a delegate. my government would look like a strict but fun environment. my government would have all of the necessary branches. (legislative,executive, and judicial). in my government i would hire a lot of people with different powers. lawyers would have the freedom of speech and religion, and judges would have the power to judge and state their own opinion. i would allow people the right to vote at age 16. Next to my government building, there would be a fenced in jail. i would include checks and balances, and the bill of rights. Last but not least, my government and i would agree on not dropping any of the amendments

9/2/2015
Virginia Monticello High School
TreQuairus
Mrs.Bailey
If I was in charge and could change the Constitution I would keep the three branches of government, the Legislative branch, the executive branch, and the Judicial Branch. I don’t think would ever take anything out of the Constitution, I would probably just add new things to make the country even better! I would listen to all the peoples suggestions I would try my best to in my power to make things even better than it is now. “No Man Shall Be Enslaved By another Man.” I’ll make that as it should never ever happen anymore. People should have the freedom to do anything they desired besides breaking the law. “I would allow the age of 16 to vote you’re basically a young adult so it makes sense to vote for the people you think that should run your country. I would just make changes to the constitution in a fun healthy way to make it a better country for the people and me.

9/2/2015
Virginia
Rachael
Mrs. Bailey
If I were sent to the convention, the 3 branches of government would still be there and checks and balances would stay in tact to keep all branches with the same amount of power. I would put into effect that discrimination against anyone, whether it be race, ethnicity, sexual preference, etc, be strictly prohibited. I would ban slavery immediately and make it clear that everyone should and WILL be treated equally or there will be consequences. I would make sure that the money we have is used in the necessary way and not be wasted. I would set in stone that the military gets the resources they need as soon as they need them. So the first spending priority, is the United States Military.

9/2/2015
Charlottesville,VA
lydia
Mrs. Bailey/ monticello High School
In the future, if i was a delegate. my government would look like a strict but fun environment. my government would have all of the necessary branches. (legislative,executive, and judicial). in my government i would hire a lot of people with different powers. lawyers would have the freedom of speech and religion, and judges would have the power to judge and state their own opinion. i would allow people the right to vote at age 16. Next to my government building, there would be a fenced in jail. i would include checks and balances, and the bill of rights. Last but not least, my government and i would agree on not dropping any of the amendments.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg
Eric
Mr. Hanna
When the people sent me to Philadelphia as a delegate, I would try to share equal opportunity with the slaves and the citizens of Philadelphia. I would even try to change the Articles of Confederation and write my own set of laws that says: "No one shall be slaves, as we should be equal and have respects to one another." My government would or should I say, WILL give attention to our proper citizens, and hear what they want to say to us. I would include all the amendments just in case, like the shay's rebellion, our government gets weak. I would use our money properly on military usage, and make sure all the branches we have right now gets a guarantee camera security in their office and in the courts. Lots of the trials in courts seems to be unfair, and I would also make sure we, as a country form a alliance to all other nation.

5/21/2015
Washington/NJ
Luke
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills High School
The Constitution a coveted document like the Magna Carta in stature would be hard to change. Some of the few things I would choose to add in would be that all men and women should be allowed to vote. On top of this I would ban slavery right on the spot. It could possible create a country without slavery and our bloodiest war, the Civil War, would never happen. I would advocate for a country without the electoral college. I would keep our bicameral legislation and judiciary system kept the same.

5/21/2015
NJ
Patrick Flaherty
Warren Hills Regional
If I was a delegate sent to Philadelphia to amend the Articles of Confederation I would make our government run a little differently. The main goal of the Constitutional Convention was to create a centralized national government because frankly the Articles were not providing one. When you have representatives that live in Washington D.C. and not even close to the people they are representing this diminishes their ability to actually represent the people in the manner that they should. In order to accomplish this daunting task I would create the three branches as they are today, but they would have less power. The point of government is to represent the people. I would only allow these three branches to be involved in national affairs and allow the states themselves to deal with their own issues. The national government would be responsible for creating a national army, navy, and air force. As well as establishing a national currency, trade, and banking system. All judicial issues involving interstate affairs would be resolved by the judicial branch. The major concept of this Constitution would be to limit the power that the national government has over the states and allow the states to govern themselves.

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