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How is the Constitution still relevant today?

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The Constitution is still relevant today because it establishes the governmental framework for the United States. The Constitution allows for three branches of government of equal power. Article I outlines the responsibilities for the legislative branch. The legislative branch passes the laws. Article II outlines the responsibilities for the executive branch. The executive branch executes the laws and heads the US military. Article III pertains to the judicial branch, the branch that interprets whether or not the laws fit within the Constitution's legal framework. The Constitution outlines the responsibilities of the federal government and without it government could act in any way that it wished.

The Constitution also provides for the basic liberties of all Americans. The first ten amendments are the Bill of Rights—these provide for such basic things such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The Constitution continues to evolve, thus evidenced by the fact that there are...

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The Constitution is still relevant today because it is still the most important legal document that governs United States law. A Constitutional structure, such as how Senators are elected or which branch of government writes laws (the legislature) is much stronger than any federal law or statute. In fact, all federal laws and statutes have to comply with the Constitution, as the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.

Although there are important debates going on over the best way to interpret the Constitution, such as between Originalists and Living Constitutionalists, this does not negate the relevance of the Constitution. In fact it enhances it, as proponents of each approach are not trying to erase the Constitution, but instead revere it so much that they argue their approach best fits within Constitutional boundaries.