“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” At the time, in 1858, Sen. Abraham Lin­coln delivered this quote in his speech addressing the nation’s division on the topic of slavery.

Only three years later, the Civil War erupted. I personally do not think the modern-day United States is on the precipice of another civil war. However, I do feel the United States is taking the steps in such a tragic direction. We, as a country, can change this. In fact, I believe the problem already has been solved.

Amendments were created to be used to fix future issues in our government. Yet, there has only been 27 amendments and minor changes to the Constitution and in our society compared to the rest of the world. This basic element of our constitution (that is the foundation of our society) is something we uniformly agree upon as essential, but we are too blinded by partisan interests to see the pathway for change.

From the outside looking in, we are beyond recovery. Everywhere you look there is disagreement and hatred. These arguments seem to be shown as big headlines on the news and television, this is propaganda that we are in a state of division, in a way, it seems to be a distraction from the agreements that we all share.

An experiment was conducted where three groups of scholars who were from different political mindsets (conservative, libertarian, progressive) were asked to rewrite or change the Constitution in any way they see fit. Surprisingly, all three parties did not rewrite the Constitution, instead, they chose to amend.  

All three of the groups felt that the power of the executive branch was too powerful and chose to limit the powers. There was some division among the groups specifically on the topic of the first and second amendment rights. But overall, this means all three parties chose to keep the Constitution and voted for reform; amendments are the sole way to save this country from destruction. 

This idea of reform and amending is the core foundation, as I said previously. We as a people are aware that the United States is not perfect nor is its Constitution. But we also all agree that we have the power to fix this nation through the amendment process. That is the greatest gift left to us by Founding Fathers.

Article V of the Con­stit­ution gave the power for us to have this option to try our best to be a perfect union. The Founding Fathers left us this avenue to fix any issues we may come across in the years to come. It is imperative that we use these tools the Founding Fathers left us. We as a people all come together to make the amendments we trust in. 

As previously said, in all of the United States 244 years, there only have been 27 amendments to the Constitution. If more amendments were to be made there is more of a possibility for us to come together as a nation and all strive for the change that we all desire.

So, what is stopping us from unifying for reform?

The media and most common ideologies in the world around us pit us against each other to think we have nothing in common and that we can never come together. But the fact remains that we all have this feeling to build a perfect union. 

Regardless, of your political party affiliation or personal feelings, even over the division that we feel this nation is in, we can still unite and fix the world around us. It starts by coming together to amend our most sacred doctrine: the Constitution.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” but the foundation can allow it to be fixed.  

union. The Founding Fathers left us this avenue to fix any issues we may come across in the years to come. It is imperative that we use these tools the Founding Fathers left us. We as a people all come together to make the amendments we trust in.

As previously stated, in all of the United States 244 years, there has only been 27 amendments to the Constitution. If more amendments were to be made there is more of a possibility for us to come together as a nation and all strive for the change that we all desire. 

So, what is stopping us from unifying for reform? 

The media and most common ideologies in the world around us pit us against each other to think we have nothing in common and that we can never come together. But the fact remains that we all have this feeling to build a perfect union.

Regardless, of your political party affiliation or personal feelings, even over the division that we feel this nation is in, we still can unite and fix the world around us. It starts by coming together to amend our most sacred doctrine: the Constitution.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” but the foundation can allow it to be fixed.

Daniel Vuleta of Elizabethtown is a freshman studying at Western Kentucky University. He wrote this opinion article based on research on the Constitution promopted by his military science class. Vuleta can be reached at daniel.vuleta066@topper.wku.edu.

Daniel Vuleta of Elizabethtown, a freshman at Western Kentucky University, wrote this opinion article based on his Constitutional studies inspired by his military science class. He can be reached at daniel.vuleta066@topper.wku.edu.

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JAMESTROY

Unfortunately, the leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties are unified in support of the status quo that is working just fine for them but not so well for the rest of us. The politicians are serving the corporations that got them elected and in the process are getting rich while the wishes of the people are ignored. Spending $2 Trillion on a pointless war in Afghanistan works great for the defence industry but not so well for people who live in neighbourhoods with crumbling public schools.

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