The Constitution needs to be re-written

Patrick Dolly and Patrick Dolly

The United States Constitution is outdated and is in dire need of a makeover. It should be re-written to more closely reflect the direction that we are going in as a country, the problems that we face, and the governmental concerns that exist today.

Like anything that is over 200 years old, it is need of some serious restoration.

For example, there were not political parties when the Constitution was written so it makes one wonder if there would have been any significant changes in the Constitution had political parties been in existence?

A rewrite to the Constitution may be the answer to some of the problems that we face in our country.

English major David Hernandez says that he doesn’t remember what the Constitution is about.

“It has something to do with history and the laws of our country but I honestly don’t remember exactly what it was about,” he said.

At a time in our country when saying that the Constitution needs to be re-written can, and more than likely will be viewed as a lack of patriotism, the leaders of our country need to consider some drastic measures toward change because that type of thinking is exactly why we are in such despair as a nation.

Article 2, section 1 of the Constitution speaks about power being vested in a president of the United States of America and refers to the president as “he.”

Does this mean that we can never have a female president? Simple things like that are things that can’t hurt to be re-written.

The thought of a female president was not even a part of the conversation at that time, but it is very much so part of the conversation in today’s society.

People often say things like “that’s unconstitutional” or “that’s my constitutional right” but do we as Americans really know what our constitutional rights are?

Not simply referring to the things that we can retain from what we learned in high school, but do you actually know your constitutional rights?

If people are accused, arrested, and tried regarding a crime, they often say “innocent until proven guilty” and even the guilty quote the presumption of innocence as a constitutional right.

However, the constitution does not speak as to the presumption of innocence so how can it be a constitutional right?

Similarly, we often hear the phrase “It is my constitutional right to have my case heard by a jury of my peers.”

The Constitution does say that a trail be heard by a jury and the 6th amendment clarifies that to say an impartial jury but it does not say “a jury of my peers” anywhere in the Constitution.

Sure, there will be those that consider it “unconstitutional” to speak about the Constitution in anything but a positive light.

People will argue, debating that by saying that the Constitution needs to be re-written is unpatriotic .

To those people, the only thing that needs to be said is “freedom of expression” and guess what, that is in Constitution.

Read the opposing view “The Constitution needs to be read”