The 17th Amendment of the Constitution once it was ratified by a majority of states in 1913 changed the way Senators were elected in the voting process. Prior to the ratification of the amendment, the founding fathers saw it fit that the state legislators be invested with the authority to assign states their chosen Senators. The debate on whether the amendment was significant or not has been argued on among scholars and critics alike. One can say the fact that a debate exists at all answers that question itself. The hysteria behind the attachment of the 17th amendment is that it sets precedent for future changes to laws concerning the balance of power between the states and our central government established by the countries Founding Fathers.
On December 15th, 1791, the Second Amendment was adopted, allowing people the right to bear arms. The vast amount of mass shootings that have occurred recently lead to a debate on the Second Amendment which is at the top of the media frenzy. When the Second Amendment was created, the society was much different then it is now. The current society has modern guns capable of dishing out six hundred plus bullets a minute. Back then in 1791 when the Amendment was first created, all people could make were muskets firing single shots at a time before reloading which took its time.
Many people believe 16-17 year olds are too young to vote, but they already have tons of responsibilities, they should be able to vote as well. The voting age should be lowered to 16 because it will benefit them in many ways such as them being able to speak their minds, it’s more democratic, and it will give politicians a reason to respect young people. First, lowering the voting age will give teens the right to speak their minds. They will have a say in who they think should win an election, as well as everyone else.
“Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice. suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals” (Martin Luther King, Jr.). Based on the Constitution, equality has the possibility of being achieved because amendments can be placed in order to get closer to it. Also the Constitution has shown no discrimination to a certain group of people, and instead has tried to push the idea of equality to the next level. Although people, in the past, have been through many harsh events, the Constitution has always made a way to repair its mistakes.
Around 80 million americans own about 223 million guns. Therefore Assault Rifles should not be banned from american citizens. Banning assault rifles would interfere with the second amendment of the United States of America. Within the second amendment, it states citizens have the “Right to bear arms.” “It is a constitutional right to bear arms.”
The debate regarding whether the voting age should be lowered or remain the same has become yet another issue of partisan politics. Those in favor of lowering the voting age tend to lean to the left while those in favor of keeping our current voting age tend to lean to the right. Both sides have valid points to be made no doubt. However, the majority of politicians against lowering the voting age belong to the party of voter suppression, the GOP. For what it's worth, I will say that I'm glad I wasn't able to vote when I was sixteen.
Should the minimum age to vote stay at 18 or be lowered to 16? I believe that the voting age should stay at 18. Lowering the voting age would allow for younger, less educated individuals to vote. Decreasing the voting age would also increase the percentage of people who don 't want to vote. First, lowering the voting age to 16 would mean allowing less educated people to vote.
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) The amendments were put into place to protect the rights and civil liberties of all American citizens from the federal government. However, prior to the fourteenth amendment, there was no certainty with the constitution. The constitution did not state in a clear enough way who was protected under it and exactly what rights you had as an American Citizen. The 14th amendment was in response to the just passed thirteenth amendment, which ended slavery in all of the southern states.
The Fourteenth Amendment The 14th Amendment is perhaps one of the most significant and controversial parts of the entire Constitution. It deals with some pretty heavy topics, including: the definition of citizenship, the obligation of states to ensure “equal protection of the laws”, due process, disqualification from holding office, and how representation in Congress is determined. My favorite thing about this amendment is that it completely changed the way Americans viewed equality, and that is the idea I’d like to focus on in this essay. The 14th Amendment was created in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Imagine your 16 year old self. Would you not want to be voting in elections and make the right decisions towards politics? States in America are already lowering the age when you can vote to 16. Turn out of US voters below 25 at presidential elections fell from 50% in 1972 to 38% in 2012. The Asia-Pacific Economics Blog notes the young demographic is some of the most engaged, and by extending it to a younger age could fuel their passion for many years.
The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967 states: “The Vice-President is the direct successor of the President, he or she becomes President if the President should die, resign or be removed from office”. The Amendment also requires that the Vice-President be confirmed by Congress. The very first time that the 25th Amendment was enacted was around 1973. During this time Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned after being indicted on charges of accepting bribes and evading income taxes while Governor of Maryland.
Proposed Amendment: I want to propose an Electoral College Reform in the 12th Amendment, I would have the Electors not only differentiate between their votes for president but also count their citizens votes for their popular candidate as well. That way the people will feel that their votes do count and not wasted. Some Electors vote for whoever they choose but ignore what their state’s majority votes for. In the current election, many voters feel that their vote didn’t matter and this adjustment in the U.S. Constitutional will change that.