2006/02/13

One Shot At Changing The Constitution

Cmdrsue recently posed the question, "If you could author one legislative bill guaranteed to be enacted, what would you do?" Well I think that maybe just a simple law isn't thinking big enough. So I want to get some opinions on a slightly narrower topic.

What does everyone want to do law-wise? What does Bu$hCo want to do to preserve the institution of marriage? What do Gary Bauer, Pat Robertson, and Westboro Baptist want after they turn Roe v. Wade into smoldering wreckage? Amend the Constitution!

So, all of you Constitutional scholars, you've got one shot: Amend, repeal, revise--How would you change the Constitution?

14 Comments:

That's easy-the ERA! But some Republicans are trying to repeal the 22nd Amendment. I guess the contract with America's term limit idea was just to get them in power, who'd a thunk once they got it they'd never let it go?
Dude! You took the words right out of my mouth. ERA is exactly what I answered over at Cmdrsue's blog, but maybe that's too easy. Maybe I (you?) should take a shot at the 14th amendment.
ERA??
Forgive my ignorance.

Do you actually think this would help?

How about something concrete, like an amendment to actually enforce
the constitution no matter what, quickly and decisively.
I would give full citizenship to snarky frogs...

Then I'd return us to the gold standard and demolish the Fed.
Oh, I have no lack of ideas for future Amendments, but as for the current lot...I'd go after the rarely-cited 3rd. I mean, what's up with no quartering of soldiers? Do we not support our troops? Hell, I'd make quartering mandatory! Also the 16th (income tax) has to go! Don't even get me started on the 19th (suffrage.)
Do we not support our troops? Hell, I'd make quartering mandatory! Also the 16th (income tax) has to go!

Indeed! And for anyone who refuses to quarter troops, I think that we reposses their property and turn it into the tiniest VA hospital in the land. Do enough of that, and you can get rid of the income tax.
Kvatch, thank you for your spitited rebuttal to Greg on our blog.Neither Granny nor I are well versed in the law so rebuttal of that nature is difficult for us. Honest debate on differences of opinion is good but I think Greg is obsessed with one point instead of looking at the entire picture. Thank you again, and please do continue to visit us.
Bye bye, 2nd Ammendment.
Only one?...
(1) Health Care as a guaranteed protected right...FOR ALL.
(2) Whistleblower Protections for ALL Federal Employees, as well as CITIZENS....
(3) CRIMINAL Prosection for Tyrants..( actually their WHOLE regimes)
AJ, "ERA" - "Equal Rights Amendment" essentially extended the protections of the 14th explicitely to women, was two states short when the time limit ran out.

Robot, Maybe we could just do away with the second half so it would read... "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state."

E4E - I like number one, but that's a difficult thing to work out in practice. But hey, who cares. We're talking about broad principles here.
How about this:

Section 1: Length of service on the Supreme Court or the lesser Federal courts of the United States shall not exceed 20 years.

Section 2: With respect to this amendment, "length of service" shall apply to each appointment seperately and shall not be cumulative.
Hey Kvatch, did you use the word "shot" intentionally in a sly reference to the Big Dick popping his hunting buddy?
Hey Kvatch, did you use the word "shot" intentionally in a sly reference to the Big Dick popping his hunting buddy?

Not unless Vice President Buckshot is hunting in the National Archives today.
Check out some good posts about National Health care at Eli Blake's blog, Deep Thought. He speaks to many of the common criticisms.

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