US politics - constitutionWatch
...is the constitution of the USA an obstacle to effective government?
YES-the second amendment "right to bear arms" has enabled citizens to own firearms.
YES-Electoral College system is no longer fair, with candidates getting below 50% e.g. Gore/Bush 2000
YES-It states the usage of midterms which nowadays cause gridlock and partisanship. e.g. 1995 between Republican dominated Congress under Newt Gingrich and Democart President Bill Clinton head of the executive.
NO-Founding fathers wrote constutution so amendments were not to easy or too hard to pass. Meaning right issues get passed. E.g. 17th amendment meant the Senate was to be directly elected, HoL still not.
NO-Judicial review through the enablement of the Marbury vs. Madison has meant the contitution is open to interpretation of judges E.g.“cruel and unusual punishments” in the Bill Of Rights, may well have been seen to include torture, however, nowadays many have interpreted them to mean the usage of the electric chair.
Could u develop the first 2 points.. im not sure how they link with the question
When i was looking at it i thought about checks and balances no?
Additionally, the US Constitution has been a hindrance to effective governance in the USA, due the 2nd Amendment; Right to Bear Arms. As previously arms were used as a means to secure more land in the Westward expansion and to an extent the civil war. However, nowadays such arms are not needed for “militias”, especially as most Americans are urban residents. This in turn has led to many Americans feeling that the US Constitution being amended has meant governments find it difficult to amend and therefore cannot protect its citizens from regular shootings in schools and other locations. However, even though it has been argued that the US Constitution has been preventive in enabling change, the support the second amendment gains is immense, with many Republicans supporting the right to bear arms and groups such as the National Rifle Association having an annual turnover going into millions is able to use is fund as influence.