America does not like change. I know that because when it comes to making adjustments to our way of life, there has been extreme pushback. One such an issue that remains to be divisive involves gun control. I am not here asking about what makes sense or invoking on someone’s right to bear arms. The fact I take issue with is that our Constitution is essentially the same legislation our forefathers crafted at the nascent of our nation. It is kinda like using an instruction manual for Henry Ford’s 1908 Model T on a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. In other words, the advancements in this country far exceeded the expectations of our nation’s ancestry.
Thomas Jefferson foresaw the nation was growing and attempted to make our laws match our aggrandizements. He wanted the Constitution to be ratified every 19 years, so that each generation would be influential in the founding markers of government. His biggest concern was that the laws of the dead would not rule over the living. I know there is a better chance of Scarface becoming elected President of the United States. However, I feel changes in our society come so fast that we do need written law that encapsulates the state of our country in the form of an updated, revised Constitution.
One of the major changes in our society is the influx of families from foreign countries to our own. Also, our world has become more dangerous and violent. Citizens can order guns online and even make guns with a 3-D printer. There has been an outcry of citizens complaining of harassment and abuse of police force throughout the whole country. Cyberterrorism, wars, and financial collapse loom over the country every day. In the past, there have been attempts to amend the Constitution with little success.
Since 1789, there have been 11,000 attempts to amend the Constitution. Out of the 11,000 attempts, only 27 were passed to date. What makes that number even sadder is that 10 out of the 27 amendments to the Constitution were entered into the Bill of Rights. It seems that for over 200 years, our Congress has been hesitant to make any headway or needed changes to our Constitution and laws in this country. To demonstrate some of the dysfunction in our country, after September 11, Congress introduced amendments that would ensure the continuation of Congress even during a mass vacancy in the Capitol, yet nothing passed.
If I were to make a suggestion, I would advocate for a panel of politicians who would carefully review the current Constitution and advise on needed changes. This panel would be diversified and include some of the best as well as brightest from all walks of life. The panel would be given six months to recommend changes to the Constitution. The changes would be screened via Congress and voted on like any other bill. Then, it would proceed to the House of Representatives for approval. The bill would allow for five amendments per review, and then, it would be presented to the Congress and House. If the amendments to the Constitution are passed in both the Senate and House, it would proceed onto the President for his signature of the measure into law, or perhaps, a veto of the measure. It is just an idea, however, I know it would never happen.
Opinion by Troy Patterson
Edited by Leigh Haugh
Personal Observations and Experiences of the Author