Your grade for participation in this discussion will be based in accordance with the rubric located in the course materials section. You must post your initial response by Thursday and must reply to 2 others by Sunday of the week assigned. Your initial substantive post must be 500 words and follow up posts 250 words.

The Constitution is the framework for the organization of the United States government and for the relationship of the federal government with the States, citizens, and all people within the United States. The Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times, the last occurring in 1992.

To assist in better understanding the Constitution, please answer the following question: Of the twenty-seven Constitutional amendments, which one is most important? Why?

There is obviously no wrong answer, so your analysis in support of the amendment you choose is key. (Note: Here are two arguments from a previous term that I did not find overly persuasive – the first amendment, because it is number one, and, the twenty-first amendment, because it brought alcohol back to college campuses).

Why is this week’s forum so important? Sadly, a high percentage of Americans do not know basic information about the Constitution.

Here are some examples:

“What is the supreme law of the land?” Seventy-percent of the 1,000 citizens polled by Newsweek could not answer the “Constitution.”

Sixty-one percent didn’t know that the length of a U.S. senator’s term is six years, 63 percent couldn’t name the number of Supreme Court justices on the bench (nine), and 86 percent didn’t know that 435 members fill the U.S. House of Representatives.

And finally, fifty percent could not name an amendment to the Constitution, and twenty percent said the Constitution has never been amended.

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