Constitutional Rights

Well here’s my first attempt at defining my political views and I’ll start with my opinions on the building blocks of the American political realm. Essentially, after reading over the full list of the Amendments of the Constitution of the United States tonight, I have found an embarrassing displeasure in analyzing what our country has deemed politically critical in recent years. For example, let’s just take the two most recent amendments, 26 & 27.


Working from the present into the past let’s look specifically at Amendment 27 first:

“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.”

Are you serious? I mean I’m not one to point fingers at the “money-holding” power and say that they’re behind the problems within the United States, but come on… This is a blatant display of how imperative it is to our political figures to maintain their well standing and societal position. News Flash: I’m a 21 year old who doesn’t even hear about everything that goes on within our borders these days, and I am still 99.999999% sure that there are better issues to be addressing regarding our constitutional rights in today’s society.

Secondly, Amendment 26:

“The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”

As much promise as I see in this particular addition to our rights, I see unfortunately more downfall. While we live in the exponentially growing knowledge base that is the internet and the communications of today’s society far surpass anything that was around in 1776, I have quite a hard time believing that our youth are maturing faster. As an 18 year old in the 10’s (starting a trend here), I can tell you that 90% of my peers had absolutely no intention of growing up and maturing to the point that they would be able to seriously cast an honest vote for President. In fact many of my friends are still extremely incapable of analyzing their future on that type of level. When I talk to many of them though they all feel the same way: there are serious problems that have been engrained within American society. Their justification for not voting is essentially, “why vote for A or B when they’re both wrong?”

What’s extremely infuriating about all of this is that as I was reading the Bill of Rights today, I realized that the importance of these rights was never fully stressed to me as a child. I’m not sure who to blame this on, whether it’s the education system, the media, or simply my own lack of interest as a kid, but it still upsets me. Honestly, I believe that the ideals that our founding fathers created the Constitution to uphold were the absolute most important factors in the success of the United States of America as a whole. When people begin to lose sight of the rights that they own as individuals and focus on over accumulating more that what they deserve, that exact idea of attainment infringes on the rights of the people though. This constant pendulum swing of the world is one of the more weird and deeper concepts I always go back to but I do find many instances to reference it.

Anyways, overall I’m upset with how our constitutional rights are being treated. The point of it is so that everyone knows what’s going on, and everyone is in agreement with the strategies implemented. As soon as there are curtains and secrets and loopholes everything is bound to get fucked up. Over half of the amendments within the current constitution can be either avoided completely or rerouted to some other area of law. Our specificity regarding human rights laws has become too specific and is infringing on the laws themselves.


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One thought on “Constitutional Rights

  1. “Our specificity regarding human rights laws has become too specific and is infringing on the laws themselves”…

    It seems almost unbelievable that the fact of being the Bill of Right so general makes constitutional rights poorly operating. rigour of formalisms…
    Aquileana 🙂

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