“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
– Abraham Lincoln
What made me research this? The fact that I’m studying about constitution for my Politics exam. Although what I’m studying about is about the UK constitution, not, I’m also referring back to the American Constitution.
What I’ve learned is that there are more types of constitutions. Written. Unwritten. Codified. Uncodified.
Codification is the process of setting out a constitution in an organised say in a single document, for example the American Constitution. A codified constitution is a single document which can provide the people of the state with something with which they can identify. And I love this about the people in America, or at least some of them. They worship their historic constitution treating it with respect. Although I believe the country doesn’t have much history and I’m up to discussing this if anyone thinks the contrary, their constitution is a something from which we can learn a lot.
On the other hand, the British constitution is unusual because it’s not written and some argue that it doesn’t even exist. Despite of my point in the previous paragraph, I believe that a single document is less important because the most important thing is the ‘existence’ of such ‘laws’.
There are many advantages of having a codified constitution and also advantages of having an uncodified one.
The most important advantage of having a codified constitution is the protection of human rights. Meanwhile the most obvious advantage of an uncodified constitution is the flexibility with which it can adapt to a changing world.
What are your opinions about this? Any differing beliefs are more than welcome!