The Constitution a Brief Synopsis of its Relevance

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The Constitution: A Brief Synopsis of its Relevance Article Five, clause two to the United State Constitution states, “under the Authority of the United States, the Constitution shall be the supreme law of the land.” More than two hundred years after its ratification, the Constitution is still the operating charter of the United States. Many such documents throughout history have either failed or have outgrown its developing societies. But there is one unique aspect of the United States Constitution that separates it from all other such documents, it is neither self-explanatory nor a comprehensive description of our constitutional rules (Burns 42). It is because of the Constitutions vagueness that our government is able to interpret it to fit our developing society. Many believe the Constitution has become irrelevant because no guiding principles seem to exist. Thomas Jefferson once said, “The Constitution belongs to the living and not the dead” (Malone 130). Accordingly, it is often referred to as a “living” document because of its regular alteration and reexamination; therefore, the Constitution has not become irrelevant in defining the goals of the American Government. This will be shown by examining how the Cons Continue...


Although the Constitution originally did not contain the Bill of Rights, the states threatened to delay ratification until the amendments were made. Economic powers include the authority to levy taxes, borrow money, regulate commerce, coin money, and establish bankruptcy laws (Burns 27). First, a "strict constitution of natural law, which upholds the belief that the states are vested with ultimate governmental authority, while the federal government should only have secondary authority. The Court held that an act of Congress in conflict with the Constitution was void and that the Supreme Court possessed the power to declare if such conflict existed. The Supreme Court consists of eight associate justices and the chief justice, all appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate. The powers belonging to Congress can be classified as either economic or military. Although people argue that the Constitution is irrelevant today because it doesn't properly define the goals of American government, the Constitution has not become irrelevant, and it is still the driving force behind our society. Certain military powers involve declaring war, raising and supporting armies, regulating and maintaining navies, and supplying militias (Burns 27). In the case, a Texan named Gregory Johnson set fire to an American flag during the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas in order to protest nuclear arms buildup; the decision was awarded to Johnson in the midst of stern opposition (Wills 306). American's idea of rights are shaped daily by the Bill of Rights and the acts that Congress is prohibited to amend. Under Marshall, the case of Marbury vs. Judicial power extends to all cases in which law and equity arise under the Constitution. The Founders knew the Constitution would need to develop and change with society, which explains its vagueness and why each individual would interpret it differently. This distinction is put in the hands of the Supreme Court justices who are forced to confront circumstantial changes and new situations of modern times quite frequently.