Sometimes we talk about the Constitution of the United States — the document that lays out the law of the land for Americans — as if it were forged by gods on Mount Olympus and drifted down from the heavens, fully formed into George Washington's own hands, a flawless and sublime document.
The truth about the making of the Constitution is that it was a total mess — like, a "Real Housewives"-franchise-level mess. It took an unbelievable amount of heavy lifting to get it into working order, and since it became the supreme law of the land in 1789, it's been amended 27 times, with one amendment (the 21st) repealing a previous amendment (the 18th). And we're still squabbling over whether an 18th-century document can meet the needs of 21st-century people. But flawed as it may be, the Constitution is pretty impressive, considering its creation was required to fix the major weaknesses of its predecessor, the Articles of Confederation.