The Failure of the Constitution to Meet the Needs of a Rapidly Changing Society

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The Failure of the Constitution to Meet the Needs of a Rapidly Changing Society

When the Constitution was written by the 'Founding Fathers back in 1787, they intentionally made it so that it could survive over time. They made it flexable so because they envisaged that there were problems that they could not forsee in the future, these are things such as the Depression of the late twenties and early thirties. 'The Framers' intended for the amendment process to be the main way of updating the constitution and through time this has been evident.

An important part of a democratic government is the accountability of those in power, in recent times we have seen the system in America fail, in part
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This shows that there is an essential part of the democratic process missing due to flaws in the constitution.

When the constitution was first written in 1787 there was a strong possibility of war, so when the founding fathers drew up the constitution they added in an article which said that all people have the right to bear arms. This article has been problematic ever since. Within the last decade there have been many high profile shootings in schools such as Columbine, this has led to a stronger fight against the gun laws. There are those such as the National Rifle Association who say that that right can not be taken away from them as it is one of their constitution rights but there is a problem with that as within the preamble there is the mention of insuring domestic tranquillity, can this be done when there are children who can gain easy access to guns, there are also the problems with the number of deaths due to gun crimes, the right to life is also mentioned in the constitution. The flexibility of the constitution is crucial to its longevity as if it was too rigid it would not have lasted, there may be the problem though that it is too flexible.

Over the years there hav been many changes in the federal system, most notably the introduction of Roosevelts 'New Deal' which saw the power shift more towards the central government, then there was