Where is there an embrace of change and adaptation in the Constitution?  

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that the first goal of the Preamble is probably one of the best indicators about how change and adaptation is seen as part of the legacy of the Constitution.  The idea of "to form a more perfect union" is something that embraces the basic sensibility of change and adaptation, representing the idea that the Constitution will continue and strive to "keep getting it right."  This is something that the framers saw as a starting point within the Constitution.  At the same time, the regular nature of election of officials, appointment, and confirmation of individuals to government positions are other Constitutionally bound ways in which change and adaptation are evident in the document.  The fabric of American political society is one in which change and adaptation are ongoing parts of the dialogue.  There seems to be the idea that stasis is one of the enemies of the document, in that constant change is evident in government, the people who occupy it, and the people who interpret and enforce the laws of the country.  The amendment process is something that has been seen, as well, as evidence of how the Constitution is comfortable with change and adaptation.  An additional seventeen amendments have been added to the Constitution since the original ten, making it a document that has proven itself to be willing to embrace change and adaptation as society changes.


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