Our Federal Constitution has stood the test of time, perhaps because it represents a compromise between liberals and conservatives. Both views were considered and written into the Constitution. Which provisions are liberal and which conservative one might ask. Here is my list. Do readers agree?
- House with frequent elections represents the people
- Suffrage for all adult citizens
- Bill of Rights
- Provisions for Amendment
- Thirteenth Amendment–“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude .. shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
- Fourteenth Amendment requiring equal protection of the laws.
- Fifteenth Amendment–“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
- Nineteenth Amendment–Women’s Suffrage
- Twenty-first Amendment–Prohibition Repealed
- Twenty-fourth Amendment which prohibits poll taxes
- Twenty-fifth Amendment which modifies Presidential succession
- Twenty-sixth Amendment allowing 18 year old’s to vote.
- Checks and Balances
- Bicameral legislature
- Supreme Court with lifetime appointment
- Senate representing States with six year terms
- Presidential Veto
- Electoral College
- Age requirements for President and Congress
- Eighteenth Amendment–Prohibition
- Twenty-second Amendment–Presidential Term Limit
- Twenty-seventh Amendment–“No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”
Does our current Constitution unfairly favor liberal or conservative views? Does it favor inaction when action is needed? Is the Federal Government sufficiently responsible to the will of the people without being overly responsive to transient political fads? Dear readers, I invite your comments.
© William Hungerford – May 2014