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Constitutional Amendments

Republic, Unfrozen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

The fact is that our visionary Framers provided us with a brilliant remedy for reviving our republic. Best of all, to implement it, no amendment is required.

Friday Talking Points - Seven More Amendments

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There were two political stampedes this week, both towards and then back away from the same man: rancher Cliven Bundy. So, at least for the spectators, it was an amusing week in politics.

'Know Rights or No Rights' Campaign Seeks to Educate Americans About Our Constitutional Rights

Thom Senzee | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

A national campaign to draw the attention of young Americans, especially LGBT youth, to the Bill of Rights and the amendments to the U.S. Constitution in a fun and youthful way was recently launched on the red carpet at the 38th annual Nicky Awards.

The 15th Amendment Trumps the 10th Amendment on Voting Rights

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Chief Justice Roberts's other argument, that the states are entitled to "equal sovereignty," may be a nice idea, but it is not found anywhere in the Constitution.

No Guns Allowed: Making the Choice Between 'Nonviolence' and 'Nonexistence'

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Is the issue of government interference, fear of the NRA, or the possibility of a tedious Republican filibuster really as important as a life?

A Natural Stewardship Amendment

Daniel T. Blumstein | Posted 02.26.2013 | Green
Daniel T. Blumstein

A number of state constitutions explicitly gives legislators the responsibility for stewardship of natural resources for the benefit of future generations. Let's make a New Year's pledge to the future. Let's work towards wider adoption of this simple idea.

Constitution Nearly Impossible to Amend: Is the Bar Too High?

Eric Black | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Eric Black

To say that ours is the shortest Constitution in the world is simply a matter of counting the words. But the consequence of all that brevity is that we don't really have clear instructions from the Framers and ratifiers of the Constitution on a great many topics.

Constitution Check: Has America's Basic Document Made American Politics Much Worse?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

It is time for a serious -- and respectful -- national conversation about the nature of America's political order, and the role -- if any -- that the 225-year-old Constitution might have played in generating or tolerating the system that now exists.

Modernize the Constitution, But Do it Through an Amendment

Rui Dai | Posted 07.31.2012 | College
Rui Dai

Yes, the U.S. Constitution desperately needs to be updated. However, any updates should go through the amendment process. The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but changing it outright is more dangerous.

Overturning Citizens United: A Movement Moment

Marge Baker | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

With Supreme Court decisions resting on broad interpretations of corporate rights, local, state, and federal bodies are passing resolutions and introducing legislation that challenge the current narrative of undue corporate political influence.

Republicans Infected by 'Constitutional Conservative' Virus

Karl Frisch | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Truth be told, there are significant portions of the Constitution that these so-called "constitutional conservatives" would love nothing more than to destroy.

How Much Do Teens Support The First Amendment?

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — More and more teenagers these days support a bedrock of American democracy, the First Amendment. A new poll shows a sharp decline ...

Constitutional Conservatives?
8 Self-Proclaimed Lovers Of The U.S. Constitution That Want To Amend It

AOL News | David Knowles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Does the U.S. Constitution grant Americans citizens too many rights? That seems to be the conclusion reached by some tea party activists and the cand...

The End of Term Limits Means the Decline of Democracy in Sri Lanka

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

The 18th Amendment will fundamentally transform Sri Lanka's political system; Its effect will be to remove vital checks on Executive power and further undermine Sri Lanka's democracy.

Finally, It's Time to Shred the Constitution

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The press has been reporting hints from a few top Republicans about repealing the 14th Amendment. The press read it wrong. The Republicans want to repeal the 1st and 4th Amendments!

Let The People Choose Their Senators

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Special elections are a lot of trouble and expense: Democracy is a lot of trouble and expense. Despotism is simple. In the eighteenth century, it was difficult to manage elections. Not today.

A Buddy System to Change the Electoral Vote

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

The creator of this new system is my son. I'm not surprised he came up with this. As a single mom, raising teenage sons was pretty daunting, but we had spirited talks about government.

A Buddy System to Change the Electoral Vote

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

Rand and his brother used the buddy system to override many of my decisions, such as how late to stay up or which movie to see. The two of them together were a powerful force.

Civil Rights for Gays: Does "Immutable" Really Describe Us?

Patricia Nell Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patricia Nell Warren

The recent fallout over Prop 8 -- questions about whether African-Americans voted heavily to ban same-sex marriage -- points up a need to re-examine t...

Start Cramming Now - Let's Test Everybody for Citizenship

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

The citizenship test asks people things like, "Why do some states have more representatives in Congress?" I find it difficult to believe that this is a harmful thing for citizens to know.