A change to the Constitution of the United States is called an amendment. As of 2014, there have been 27 amendments to the document.
The Constitution outlines the process of making amendments in Article V. To make an amendment to this document, two-thirds of both houses of Congress or a national convention called for by two-thirds of state legislatures must adopt the amendment, which then goes to the states. Three-fourths of state legislatures or state ratifying conventions must approve of the amendment before the Constitution changes. The first 10 amendments are better known as the Bill of Rights. The most recent amendment, the 27th Amendment, was introduced in 1789, but became enshrined in the Constitution only in 1992.Learn More
The U.S. Constitution was ratified through votes in the individual state legislatures. According to Article VII of the Constitution, it would go into effect when nine of the 13 state legislatures approved the document.Full Answer >
The U.S. Constitution has seven articles. The first three articles describe the three branches of government, while Articles Four and Six discuss the relationship between the individual states and the federal government. Articles Five and Seven discuss the constitutional amendment process and the process for adopting the Constitution, respectively.Full Answer >
Some examples of symbolic speech include sit-ins, flag waving, marching in a parade, demonstrations and wearing protest buttons. All of these activities involve non-speech or non-written elements.Full Answer >
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Blue Dog Coalition both maintain that a balanced budget amendment eliminates the deficit within the fiscal year, forces Congress to allocate funds on current revenues and prevents the United States from accruing more debt for future generations to pay. Those who favor a balanced budget amendment believe that it solves fiscal issues relating to debt and Social Security.Full Answer >