June 21st, 2011 11:00 EST
US Constitution: Update to Modern Times Needed
The Constitution, the very document that this country was founded on, is a document, which in my opinion is marred with the inadequacies of age. Any talks of course of revising or revisiting the U.S. Constitution are, of course, seen as blasphemy. The United States Constitution was, as history books tell us, drafted in a cramped room in Philadelphia in 1787 with the shades drawn. It was signed by 39 people.
America at the time was comprised of 13 states. Congress had only 26 senators and 65 representatives. The entire population was about one percent of today`s number - four million people. The circumstances under which this document was written where far different then the present challenges that we now face today.
Before I continue any further let me be as clear as possible here when I say this, the U.S. Constitution is an astonishing work - one of the greatest works of liberty and law in human history. I am in no way trying to downplay its significance or status as a symbol of our great nation. As perfect as the constitution is, it doesn`t reflect how our country is today. The "fathers" didn`t have a crystal ball; they couldn`t imagine where we would go as a society and how big we would get. Updating the document to reflect our current society isn`t a bad idea I argue.
By contrast, after suffering in recent years by the global economic crisis, Iceland decided it wanted a fresh start. They felt their current constitution was old and outdated, drafted all the way back in 1944. Constructing a constitution by the people is the aim of the design of their new constitution, as the government solicits opinions online from its citizens.
Iceland cherishes its history just as much as we do, being home after all to the world`s oldest parliament still in existence, the Althing, set up in 930 A.D. Their government bares the privilege of being the banner onto which they represent the beginnings of representative governments established all around the world. Yet they are willing to revise their history, to come up with solutions to face the modern world. They don`t allow their pride to get in the way.
I think we absolutely need to update our constitution; my fear is that the two parties running the show will use this as a way to further take away our rights. We have to awake as a nation and rise above this. We have to look at the situation we are in. Why does the person who raises the most money get to be president? Or at least get a better chance than those without the funding?
To me the funding proves they are funded by people with an agenda. Their nomination and time in office are plain and simple, to better the situation of the wealthy that have put them in the position they are in. I believe we need to go through our government systems and put term limits where they are not present. We need to allocate money to everyone who is a viable candidate for their elected office.
Until we end this and revamp our government I fear that any changes to update our current constitution would be used to spin wording in that would allow lawmakers to gain more power. Any attempt to update our constitution needs to be done by first examining the current form of government we have and start by ridding it of any corruption, we would be a fool to think otherwise. After being the law of the land for the past 200 + years I think it`s time for an update. Our Constitution has been revised 27 times, there are surely some issues that still need to be debated and fixed.