In my understanding, most democracies have a process for creating, amending and removing ordinary legislation (requiring a simple majority vote in their various legislative bodies) and another for amending their constitution (requiring a two-thirds majority vote and/or additional restrictions, such as the Dutch procedure of voorstelwetten or the similar Belgian practice of 'unlocking' only certain Articles for editing by the next legislature). If a simple majority in the legislature decides they want to pass a law which violates the constitution, they could certainly do that if they really wanted to, but will quickly find that they have wasted their time - as every court case stemming from the new law will simply end in the relevant section of the constitution trumping the new law.
However, in the Netherlands, judges do not practice judicial review (in fact, Article 120 of the Constitution expressly prohibits it). It is my understanding that, even in the event that a law unambiguously violates a constitutionally-protected right, the judge will have no choice but to apply the law anyway.
Now - assuming that my understanding is correct - my question is this: leaving aside its symbolic value, what is even the point of the Dutch Constitution (at least those Articles that confer rights, rather than describing governmental functions)? Or more specifically, what is the point of placing safeguards upon the process of amending it above and beyond those placed on ordinary legislation?
For example, if I were to command a 52% majority coalition in the legislature and I would very much like to pass a certain law that happens to be blatantly unconstitutional - which seems like it is exactly the sort of situation that a constitution is supposed to protect against - in what way am I actually stopped? If all the members of my coalition just stick our fingers in our ears while the 48% complain about our bill's unconstitutionality, and we pass it anyway, won't the new law be enforced just as much as it would have if we'd jumped through all the hoops of amending the constitution?