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The Pros And Cons Of Rewriting The U.S. Constitution, From Local Experts

7:16 PM, Jun 28, 2011   |    comments
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The Constitution is 72,000 words that guarantee the freedoms we all enjoy everyday. But, our forefathers wrote it hundreds of years ago, and some say it's outdated.

You can read some of the debate in TIME Magazine. It says one of the big issues sparking the want for an upgrade is the U.S. military fighting in Libya.

President Barack Obama did not get Congressional approval before you made the decision to send troops.

Another is immigration, something a lot of states are struggling with. The Constitution says "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."

We asked viewers on the street what they thought about whether the Constitution should get a makeover.

"There may be some point in the future that we may need to add other amendments, but not rewriting the entire Constitution," said Bill Hancock. "We wouldn't be the USA if we did that."

Rick Beasley disagrees. "It's outdated because they don't stick with the times. They need to move on forward with everybody else."

Watch our exclusive interview with Elon University School of Law professor Eric Fink and GTCC political science professor Matthew DeSantis on the pros and cons of rewriting our history.

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