A revision of The Constitution; unspeakable?!?!? The framing document that defines The United States of America was set into action at The Constitutional Convention, Sepetember 17, 1787. It has stood as the platform for the world’s leading nation for 223 years, 10 months, and 3 days.
Based upon the writings of The Articles of Confederation, our Constitution was meant to serve as a revision of this document. The Articles were not seen as a successful basis for forming a new nation. Each state remained independent of the other, with it’s own individual laws, military units, and monetary systems. The leaders of the newly formed United States saw that The Articles would not succeed in creating a stable platform for a nation engaged in prosperity, so the idea of writing a national constitution was proposed.
Originally, our national Constitution was intended to serve as a platform for an emerging nation that meant to construct itself from the basis of democracy. Fifty-five men worked together during a series of meetings in Philadelphia, lasting from May 1787 to September 1787. The final presentation of the extraordinary document was approved September 17, 1787, then officially ratified during June of 1788.
Now, having been a perservering platform for what is being called the world’s greatest nation, The U.S. Constitution is seen moreover as the written example of how to enact democracy within the modern world. However, the slightest of whispers are amassing to suggest that The Constitution is becoming an archaic item of outdated regulations in an increasingly modernizing and intellectual world. Is it time for a new set of rules? Say it ain’t so….
The European Union nation of Iceland is in the process of drafting a new national constitution. This country has had a national parliament that has stood since the year 930 (yes, nine-hundred and thirty), called The Althing. During modern times, Iceland created it’s constitution during 1944. Now, Icelanders currently find themselves displeased with it’s success level. It’s citizens are not happy with the way that their government is running, finding flaws in corporate capacities, national health care, and ways of financial acquisition.
That may sound slightly familiar. Keep in mind that our national constitution has had twenty-seven revisions. Called amendments, these serve as updates to our ruling document which define how our nation presents it’s basis of law. The first ten amendments are The Bill of Rights, initially placed into action during 1791. Amendments to The Constitution have occurred consistently, with The Twenty-Seventh Amendment being enacted during 1992.
Some whispers are being heard about a need to remodel The U.S. Constitution in the manner that Iceland has done. Despite the amendments that have been made, various loopholes are being highlighted. For instance, the fact that the electoral college has the last say in the placement of The President has a growing oppositional sentiment. As well, there are statements being made, claiming that our method of having only two senators represent each state, despite extreme differences in population, is no longer effective.
Iceland’s example of creating a new constitution is being seen as an innovative idea. The suggestion for the same to be done within The United States is being whispered due to a need for a solid platform of law that will reflect a more modern and diverse society. Subjects are being pointed out, such as the fact that the states remain with two senators only, per state, despite the varied populations of each state. Concerned citizens have been expressing that this is not an adequate example of representation to deal with the issues of residents in a fully adequate manner.
This issue has been within news presentations recently, and surely it will gain greater levels of attention. As a Presidential election is approaching, the topic of a possible tossing of the national constitution certainly will gain a greater audience. Perhaps a total rejection of our current Constitution is not necessary, yet the idea of immediately additional amendments is on the 2012 table!
Parliament Building of Iceland