Larry J. Sabato's Thoughts on Constitutional Revisions Essay

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Larry J. Sabato offered some good notions as to what should be revised in the Constitution. Some of his thoughts were very well thought out, and helped me think much more about how the government should be amended. I agreed with essentially every idea he presented, except holding another Constitutional Convention—that proposal doesn’t seem necessary, since most of ideas could be implemented using the “elastic clause” (which Congress so frequently uses). Some more proposals that I did not agree with were expanding the senate to 136 members to add more representation, allowing non-U.S. citizens to run for president after they have lived in the states for 20 years, expanding the Supreme Court from nine to twelve members, and finally, giving …show more content…
Some citizens do not have a great understanding of how the government should work; in fact, a vast majority does not know how it works or how to implement it properly. Citizens who become naturalized do know how the basic government works (they are required to), but they are not fit to preside over an entire nation. Living in the United States for 20 years should not automatically qualify them to become a presidential candidate, because they still may not know how things, or how to properly govern a country. I cannot blame them for not being born here, because it was not their fault. However, I can blame their parents. If non-U.S. parents wanted their child to receive the opportunity to run for a public office, they should have been citizens and had the child in the United States initially. Although, even though some candidates that were born here do not seem qualified to become a president, or hold a public office, do get elected. Unfortunately, that happens very often in this government, and always will, because there is not necessarily an education qualification to become an official. Adding additional members to the Supreme Court does not seem the least bit beneficial. Annexing another three members, to the current nine, would make ruling on cases more difficult, and a tedious process. With 12 members, votes could tie, and then what would happen? Vote again? Send the case to a secondary Supreme Court? The current Supreme Court has nine judges,

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