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As times change, the constitution should be able to change as well

Polly agrees with this · politics · opinion · 11/27/2020

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	When the United States Constitution was written in 1787, people mainly seemed to value independence and wanted to set a standard for basic human rights. The standard, however, was set for the almost 4 million population of America that existed at the time. Not only do values and standards change over time, but there are now almost 330 million people in the United States. It may be that Americans want some of their original constitutional laws to be set in stone, but in general it is probably best to be flexible to the changing values of the American people.

In his draft of the U.S. Constitution, Virginia delegate Edmund Randolph wrote that his purpose was "to insert essential principles only; lest the operations of government should be clogged by rendering those provisions permanent and unalterable, which ought to be accommodated to times and events." As times and circumstances change, the nation may have use for more laws, different laws--or even less or no laws at all. No law-writing man ought to put his own values above the will of the people. Therefore, while some of the original words of the Constitution may remain in place over time, it is important that the Constitution as a whole remains easily amendable.

The first constitution that was adopted by the states was not the same as the one we have now. Written during wartime in 1777 and ratified in 1781, the Articles of Confederation let the states remain independent and did not provide much in the way of law enforcement. Tax collection and commerce regulation became the issues in question that led to the development of a new constitution. America quickly saw the need for change in the 18th century, and such an occurrence, while seemingly unlikely, could happen again in the future. If a new set of guidelines is ever necessary, it should be possible to write them based on the values of a new society.

The Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution as it is now do have something in common: both try to avoid a central authority. Independence and the right to human freedoms seems to be the core value of America and its population. But are the country's current laws upholding this value? Politicians argue over rights and wrongs daily, and tensions run high during every election and debate. If political standards seem to be split almost down the middle, the times may soon call for a greater change than the small amendments that have already been made to the Constitution.

There are certainly aspects of the Constitution that don't seem to be in question, but the fact that much has changed since the time it was written cannot be argued with. The country has had need for change in the past and is far from perfect now. Due to change in population, values and political circumstances of the United States of America, the U.S. Constitution ought to be easily amendable.

Sources

https://www.history.com/topics/united-states-constitution/constitution

https://www.consource.org/document/draft-sketch-of-constitution-by-edmund-randolph-1787-7-26/

https://www.history.com/news/constitution-amendments-changes

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution/how-did-it-happen#:~:text=America's%20first%20constitution%2C%20the%20Articles,regulate%20commerce%2C%20or%20print%20money.

https://www.history.com/topics/early-us/articles-of-confederation

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