On the Issues–Interpretation of the Constitution (Continued)


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It has been established that the Constitution is the law to which all other laws must be measured and compared. No law outside of the Constitution can usurp the ultimate authority of the Constitution. In the American Constitution, amendments are possible in two different ways. The first is a two-thirds approval vote by congress and a three-fourths ratification vote from the states. The alternate way is for the states to go about making the amendment for themselves and ratifying it at the three-fourths vote. “We’ve had 11,000 attempts to amend the Constitution since 1789. Twenty-seven amendments have been passed, 10 of them in one shot with the Bill of Rights…,” Rep. Bill Becerra stated. That’s 11,372 to be exact and still counting. Looking at this, making a new amendment is not an easy matter considering not even 0.0024% amendments have passed tests of both congress and the states. The second mentioned method has never been attempted as it was layered into the constitution as a safeguard against a tyrannical congress.

In the United States, there are two main ways of interpreting the Constitution and several minor differences of groups branching off of those two. Conservatism and liberalism have been battling it out since FDR and are about to meet another climax in their battle. FDR was perhaps the first liberal president who successfully pushed his agenda through government that has had permanent effects on the country. However, in order to understand the argument between these two sides and choose one, it is essential to comprehend the talking points of both.

Conservatism is the belief in a small government that is efficient, limber, and capable of dealing with the tasks and jobs it has been specifically delegated. It believes that the citizen is more qualified to run more of their life than the government is and that it is up to the citizen to show responsibility for most aspects of their life. Liberalism stands for a much larger government, and in fact, it founded the bureaucracy. It believes that the government is better at controlling aspects of people’s lives than they are. In order to do this, it requires a massive and expensive federal government. The theory is that the success of that government will outweigh the costs as the planned lifestyles would fit perfectly harmoniously.

As is instantly spottable, these two ways of thinking are simply not compatible. Either one will eventually win over the other and the battle will be decided or there will be a perpetual battle until collapse within the country as we sway back and forth. In the recent presidential debates, illegal immigration, Islamic terrorism, the economy, the military, welfare and government support programs, planned parenthood, and abortion, and an entire manner of issues have come up and been briefly debated in broken segments. There is an underlying reason as to why a candidate will pick a certain side on any given matter, and that is whether they are conservative or liberal. Keep up with our blog to read more about our “On the Issues” series.

Author(s): Mainly James Kurlich, partially Joe Schmid

Questions? Ask away at jameskurlich@gmailcom and josephschmid4@gmail.com

Works Cited

Cruz Campaign Admin., n.a, Ted Cruz 2016, Cruz for President, Mar. 23, 2015,  Mar. 23, 2016

n.a., Alan Cole, Tax Foundation, Tax Foundation, Oct. 29, 2015, Mar. 23, 2016

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