The US Constitution

The United Sates Constitution Day is also known as Citizenship Day. The American citizens usually celebrate the day on 17th September. The day is important as it reminds the American Federals to observe and recognize the adoption of the Constitution as well as those who have acquired the American citizenship. The Constitutional Convention delegates signed the document on 17th September in Philadelphia.

The Constitution is the heart of all laws, providing powers to all legislation that governs the Americans. All American laws are implemented and enforced in line with the guidelines of the constitution. The Bill of Rights, for instance, makes references to the people since the constitution is for the people, by the people, and from people. The Bill of Rights provides lots of freedom to the people. The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights Prohibits the Congress from making any law that prohibits the free expression or abridging the freedom of speech or freedom of the press (Eastman).

The Constitution prohibits the national government from exercising powers and authorities delegated to the states and the people. The Constitution, therefore, is the supreme law, having the powers that govern the national and state governments as well as the citizens of the United States.

A constitutional amendment is a revision or correction meant to improve the constitution. Currently, the Constitution has over 27 changes approved and six disapproved (Halmai). Article V of the Constitution provides two ways for amending the Constitution.  Firstly, Congress, whenever both the House of Representatives and the Senate shall deem necessary, shall propose amendments to the Constitution. Alternatively, the legislatures of two-thirds of several Sates shall call a Convention to propose amendments valid to intents and purposes (Walker).

The amendment shall only be part of the constitution when the legislature or the state convention ratifies the amendment within the stated period, after which the change becomes and functional part of the law (Walker). Some of the amendments include the first ten amendments to the Bill of Rights, the Thirteenth Amendment prohibiting slavery, the seventieth amendment on the election of Senators and the nineteenth amendment that grants women the right to vote.

The system of the United States has some weaknesses not adequately addressed within the constitution. Some of the problems include bad foreign policies, unclear distinction between individual rights such as freedom of privacy and free speech against the rights of a citizen such as the right to vote.

In conclusion, the Constitution Day is an important day for American citizens. The day provides an opportunity for residents and students to learn and increase their knowledge of the Constitution, their rights, freedoms and obligations of citizens as well as the amendments that have molded the history and lives of all Americans.






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