Is it time to update the U.S. Constitution?
June 19th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Is it time to update the U.S. Constitution?

In 1787, delegates from twelve of the thirteen states under the Articles of Confederation met to revise a document that was out of sync with the needs of the nation.  But instead of revising the Articles, they started anew, drafting the U.S. Constitution.

After a period of debate, revision and ratification, the Articles officially ended and the Constitution came into effect in 1789.  The first Congress met.  George Washington became president.  And 222 years ago, the Constitution became the supreme law of the land.

Has the time come to revisit the document?

America today is quite different from the America of yore.  Meanwhile, other nations have updated their constitutions successfully, bringing them more in line with modern democratic representation, for example.

On the other hand, the Constitution enshrined timeless principles of liberty and justice.  The document's longevity is itself testament to its lasting value. Would it be a mistake to tinker with such a success script?

What do you think?  Should the U.S. Constitution be updated and if so, how? What amendments would you recommend?

We'll feature the best responses on the Global Public Square.

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