Does the U.S. Constitution Need a Re-Write?

Does the U.S. Constitution Need a Re-Write?

As a rule, written constitutions don’t last that long. Legal experts estimate the lifespan of a constitution is less than 20 years. Indeed, the United States’ first foray into a constitution, the Articles of Confederation, only lasted six years before making way for...
First Amendment and the Pledge of Allegiance

First Amendment and the Pledge of Allegiance

To some, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a sacred ritual that demonstrates American patriotism. The Pledge has been at the heart of several court rulings, however, most notably one brought by Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1935. Given that Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t vote...
Equal Justice Under Law—Is Everyone Included?

Equal Justice Under Law—Is Everyone Included?

“Equal Justice Under Law.” Those are the words inscribed on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. The words are derived from the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that no state shall “deny to any person within its...
Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

Every American is familiar with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Some may even be able to sing it or at least get through “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light….” On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed the law that would officially designate “The...
Invoking the Ninth Amendment

Invoking the Ninth Amendment

The meaning and importance of the Ninth Amendment has literally been debated since its inception when it was included in the Bill of Rights. The amendment states: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage...