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Cree Hogue 10-6-2018
Paper 1: Texas Constitution
“Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God the people of the State of Texas do ordain and establish this Constitution” The preamble of the Texas Constitution in itself gives many reasons as to why revision is needed. Any governing doctrine where the introduction of the instructions of how to run any community of people from all backgrounds begins with a thank you to “God” when there are so many other religions and beliefs within this state shows the change that needs to be made. The values and beliefs of Texas now should reflect what is important to the society now opposed to what was important 100 years ago.
There are many other reasons as to why the Constitution should be revised, another reason would be because the document is entirely too long. Though there are Articles and Sections the document is disorganized, it makes it hard to read and understand. The addition of so many amendments attributed to the Texas Constitution being known for being the longest and confusing Constitution in the United states. This is a problem because if the people that this constitution is supposed to be governing can not understand the document they are supposed to follow the document loses its supposed power. For example, imagine if the United States Constitution wasn’t as interpretable as it is. Kids are taught the preamble and the Bill of Rights in elementary school. Being able to understand a political, governing document is the most important part of even having one of them to be there. Having a governing doctrine that the people cannot understand negates all things within the doctrine because no one will take the document as serious as its supposed to be.
Another problem with the current Constitution is the limiting factor of the executive government. The chief executive’s power being divided between different State officials causes jealously between all other elected officials. These same elected officials become protective towards their positions, power, and prerogatives. This power play makes it hard for a group effort to govern this state. If officials weren’t completely worried about keeping their power position it they would be able to effectively govern. The other problem with the legislative system under this Texas Constitution is the how long each session is and how much each person is paid. The length limits the amount of governing that can...