The Benefits of Having a Flexible US Constitution

The U.S. Constitution is the result of the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. They had the foresight to write the Constitution in a flexible manner so that it will continue to adapt to the changing times. Two hundred and twenty two years later, the U.S. Constitution is as relevant today as it was the day it was created. For this reason, the U.S. Constitution is known as a living document. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.

One of the main reasons why the U.S. Constitution is so flexible is because the Founding Fathers drafted the structure government as more of a framework rather than being specific about the day-to-day role of the nation’s leadership. As a result, every generation thereafter is able to interpret the Constitution according to their circumstances while staying within the boundaries established by the Constitution. Another important feature included in the U.S. Constitution is the elastic clauses, also known as the Necessary-and-Proper Clause. For example, according to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the power to collect taxes but it doesn’t specify the method in which used to carry out that task. Therefore, Congress has the freedom to use any means they deem appropriate to collect taxes.

Since the U.S. Constitution was written 222 years ago, many countries have opted to change their Constitutions due to unmodifiable articles. For instance, France has changed their Constitution at least 15 times partly due to its rigidity and political turmoil. Since then, many countries, especially those in Latin America have used the American Constitution as a model to draft their own Constitutions. They realized how specificity can make it difficult to make interpretations therefore they’ve written their Constitution to be flexible as well.

The main advantage of the U.S. Constitution’s flexibility is its ability to adapt to societal changes. The Constitution provides for and requires for new regulations to be implemented without having to amend the document. Our Founding Fathers were able to document in a way that allows for change. Because of the design of the Constitution, the US system of government remains stable because the American citizens rely and trust that their rights are intact. In contrast, a document that changes all of the time creates a level of distrust, unpredictability and uncertainty in government’s role and interpretation.

In conclusion, the U.S. Constitution is notorious around the world for its longevity. The success of this document has influenced many other Constitutions throughout the world. The Framers wrote the U.S. Constitution in broad and flexible manner to create room for human interpretation. As a result, the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution will continue to change with time, but the document itself, will remain the same.

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