The first one is from India, the second from South Africa and the third from the USA. After skimming through them, what do they seem to have in common? What do you think the implications of what is happening now will be for the poorest communities in these countries and others?
The US Constitution was written in 1787 and ratified (accepted by all the states) in 1789, making it a 230 years old document…Needless to say, there have been many changes to it after that. In order to change the Constitution, the Congress needs to pass an Amendment. Another way of changing thhe Constitution is if the Supreme Court rules the law unconstitutional.
Look into the process of how the American Constitution was made and the process required to change it. What are the 10 first Amendments called, and why? What other important amendments have been made? Choose 1-2 of these and write a little bit about them.
Look into the role the Supreme Court plays in the American political system. What powers does it have? Find examples of important Supreme Court decisions that have made an impact on how the Constitution is interpreted.
In Britain, the Supreme Court has ruled Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament illegal. In the USA, the Democrats have started impeachment inquiries against President Trump.
Are we seeing a new trend of leaders putting themselves above the law and preferring a more authorative way of leadership? What then happens to the system of Checks and Balances in the USA and the power of the parliament in the parliamentary system in Britain? Rarely have we seen such important times when it comes to political decisions in these two major English-speaking countries…. To be continued;)