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With Czars appointed and by-passes of Congress, the US Constitution is being ignored.  If the U.S. Constitution is no longer relevant, then these actions by those in power and any others can be made with impunity.  The purpose of the writing of the Constitution was to protect against dictatorship and...

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With Czars appointed and by-passes of Congress, the US Constitution is being ignored.  If the U.S. Constitution is no longer relevant, then these actions by those in power and any others can be made with impunity.  The purpose of the writing of the Constitution was to protect against dictatorship and usurping of power. Is this country not supposed to be a democratic republic?

As for the 2nd amendment, one may want to ask some of those who survived the chaos and anarchy of Katrina only because they had weapons to defend themselves how they feel.  By  the way, poster #13, the US Dept of Homeland Security is buying up ammunition for large automatic weapons. What are they worried about? Thomas Jefferson wanted Americans to be able to defend themselves against whatever was necessary such as government that became too oppressive; then, they would be able to overthrow this government.

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I sympathize with discussion1984's post because any country, including our own, is steeped in bureaucratic obstacles, thus making it difficult to challenge the powers that be, whether that challenge is in support of, or objecting to, the constitution.

However, litteacher8 is correct that the Constitution's relevance (as the document of our national ideology) is based on the fact that it is a living document. Not to mention, you can see aspects of the Constitution every day. It has established precedents such as the right to vote for women and free speech. Granted, the United States might have come to embrace these obvious rights without a constitution. But, the fact that we have a document that legally backs these precedents gives the Constitution technical as well as ethical significance. The fact that it is a "living document" is important. Not only can we add to it, we can take previous amendments away; while successful, it is not complete - just as the country itself can theoretically always get better. It reflects that idea that country and constitution are works in progress.

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The Constitution of the United States is the most important political document to the world because it is the first of its kind, it has withstood the test of time, and the logical balances between three distinct powers is revolutionary! My only fear is if Americans change it too much through amending it, we will lose its intended meaning or the true power of it eventually. I also fear that someone will draft another one in the future, eliminate its vital functions, and discard it altogether. I sure hope that doesn't happen.

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One of the reasons the Constitution of the United States is still relevant is that it is a "living document" because it was written with the possibility of amendments, and because the courts are always re-interpreting it.  That way it can be written in the 18th century and still meaningful today.

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The Constitution is still relevant today because we allow it to remain relevant.  We believe in the legitimacy of the Constitution; we honor it and feel it should be adhered to.  This makes it relevant.

It remains relevant in that we think that it should control our system.  Therefore, when we perceive things as being against the Constitution (as with many people who are upset about "Obamacare") we feel strongly that they should be rejected.  

We do not all agree on what the Constitution means, but we constantly refer back to it as support for our political points of view.  This shows it is still relevant.

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The constitution is absolutely still relevant today. We cannot, as a country, discount its importance simply because it is an old document that has rarely been ratified. I will admit, that I am not an expert in the constitution, but I think we can compare the constitution with a business contract. The constitution is a contract between our lawmakers, law enforcers, and etc. and the American public. This contract is what distinguishes our country from other less democratic countries.

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