Modification of the Constitution

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Our country has changed significantly since the Constitution was first published. Changes such as abolishing slavery, suffrage for women and minorities, and changing the voting age to 18. The Framers of the Constitution could not possibly predict the future of our country at the time. Everything in our government is based on the Constitution and with a changing country the document that governs us should be changed as well. I’m an advocate of the democratic and efficiency critique and that is why I believe the United States should change its Constitution because it gives too much power to the central government, it allows for winner take-all elections, and fails to take adequate responsibility. An alternative form of government that I believe the United States should try instituting is the parliamentary system. The parliamentary system provides a more democratic and accountable government. The democratic critique views our government as not democratic enough due to the government’s presidential system because it gives central government too much power. The delegates couldn’t predict how the country and democracy could evolve. Back then there was no suffrage, no civil rights, and the old Constitution probably worked out in those times. However, this is modern-day America and the Constitution needs to be modified. Also, the delegates were fairly young and not experienced in their professions. Madison was only thirty-six when he proposed his ideas and how he was against popular majorities. Robert Dahl states, “Madison at age seventy would have trusted popular majorities” (Dahl, How Democratic). Still, these young Founding Fathers to this day have a great impact on our government. Dahl views “the Constitution as nothing more than a ... ... middle of paper ... ...nd has put the U.S. in debt. o According to the table used in Prof. King’s lecture, Gross Debt U.S. Federal Government in 2012 was $16,050,921 in billions of dollars (class #22). According to the table used in Prof. King’s lecture, Gross Debt U.S. Federal Government in 2012 was $16,050,921 in billions of dollars (class #22). The publics trust or confidence in the U.S. institutions has recently been falling and at an all time low. I have argued in favor of the democratic and efficiency critique because the Constitution is not democratic enough in the present day, it allows for unfair plurality rule elections, and the government fails to take adequate accountability for its undemocratic actions. Instituting a parliamentary system would provide a more democratic and accountable government and modifying our Constitution would be the best for the future of our country.
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