Merits of the constitution

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Merits of the constitution

Advantages

  • Amendment process not too easy/not too hard to fulfil
  • Judicial review - to interpret depending on the time
  • Survived a civil war, two world wars, riots, civil disorder, impeachment of 2 presidents & recongntion of 3rd.
  • Robust and adaptive - ingenious blend of specificity and vagueness
  • Adaptive: emancipation of slaves (13th & 15th) & women (19th) Judicial review (8th amendment)
  • Federalism: same sex marriage.

Disadvantages

  • Not sufficiently adaptable to the needs & wishes of US Modern government - electoral college
  • Divided government
  • Outdated: Amendment II
  • Too adaptive: 18th amendment to prohibit alcohol in 1919
  • Over expansion of powers
  • Who has the power?

Evaluation

The US constitution has survived the test of time. Although it may be difficult to amend the constitution, unlike in the UK, it can be changed - proof with 27 amendments. The Founding Fathers intended the constitution to be rigid as they were scared of tyranny. The Constitution WORKS!

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