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Amending the Constitution

A couple of years after the Constitution was ratified, Benjamin Franklin wrote,

"Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." 

While Franklin wasn't sure how well the Constitution would hold up over time, the fact is that it has held up well for more than 200 years, since it was first written. There are two reasons for this:

  1. The Constitution was written well in the first place.
  2. The Constitution is a flexible document.


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