Why is the constitution rarely amended?

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  • Why is the Constitution rarely amended?
    • The Founding Fathers deliberately created a difficult amendment system
      • Wanted a stable political society
      • FF wanted to ensure nothing was passed on political whim
    • The vagueness of the constitution has allowed the document to evolve without constant need for amendments
      • Open for different interpretations at different times
      • Allows it to change easily with time
    • Judicial review allows the Supreme Court to amend the meaning of the Constitution without actually altering the words
      • Reinterpretation possible at different times
      • Changes constitution without lengthy process
    • Politicians often are cautious of tampering with it because of its reverence within US society
      • Seen as a sacred document
      • Very proud of it
      • Politicians need to keep in favour of electorate to ensure re election
    • Unsure future regarding amendments
      • Could result in lots of repeals
      • Don't know whether amendments could work
      • eg- 18th Amendment prohibiting alcohol was repealed just 14 years later
  • Unsure future regarding amendments
    • Could result in lots of repeals
    • Don't know whether amendments could work
    • eg- 18th Amendment prohibiting alcohol was repealed just 14 years later

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