Sandford Levinson in chapter six Conclusions: Adding One’s Signature To The Constitution writes, “Leaders of Israel, both past and were gathered at the presidential mansion, and they were asked to “re-sign” the Declaration of Independence as, in the words of the Jerusalem Post, “an act of symbolic reaffirmation of that historic document and rededication to its principles.” Several persons refused to do so, and others signed only under protest, and the Post called this “a case for worry,” a demonstration of the potential fragility of the values presumptively underlying Israel’s constitution as a nation-state”
To this I ask, “Would you as a citizen of the United States sign the Constitution as it was originally written in 1787?”
This puzzling question was brought to our attention by professor Kirkpatrick, and it definitely stirred up some emotions. The Constitution was devised of eight delegates, “framers”, by the names of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Jay, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry and James Madison; they were well educated, some merchants, farmers, bankers, lawyers and most were protestant. The framers began to construct the document, adding three branches of government and bringing up float controversial issue such as slavery. On December 10, 1271 the Constitution was ratified and the Bill of Rights was then added to the Constitution. Being that the Constitution is a very important document that was meant to provide a government that would govern over state affairs, in regards to laws and to guarantee basic rights; something that The Articles of Confederation fell short on. The constitution brought injustice to the citizens of the United Stated because of the way it was written, but could it be safe to say that because of that, it laid out some type of foundation that has allowed this country to move forward and prosper.
Justice Marshall emphasized that “the government they devised was defective from the start.” Ratification of those defects “requir(ed) several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation” before our “system of constitutional government” achieved the respect for the individual freedoms and human rights (that) we hold as fundamental today”
I believe that, although the Constitution was not written to the advantage of all its citizens it was the beginning to something. Just like when you begin building a house, first you need to find a strong foundation to pour your concrete on to. Then, you begin to build your walls and roof, in time you add details that you feel make your house more suitable. The more you contemplate on what you want to adjust to your home the better the outcome. You can make a wise choice on whether you rather get rid of some unwanted stuff or add to the existing. That’s how I believe the Constitution has proven to be, the citizens call for change and it happens. Not as quick or efficient as we might like it to be, but it has and it is happening. Patients is virtue, some of us just want it now.