Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Constitutional Convention of the LoOG is Now In Session!
Tim’s fantastic post on Constitutional vogue (or lack thereof) and my own follow up produced a lot of really great discussion in the threads about America’s framework document. Reading through the various comments last night got me thinking.
One of the things that I have always loved about the Constitution is that it is, for me, the ultimate principled pragmatic governing document. Unlike most other governing documents that came before or since, the Constitution makes no “We’re number 1!” or “God wants us to do it this way!” claims. It’s only self-confessed authority, such that it is, is stated in the preamble:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It’s a founding document that starts with a modest, “So here’s out best shot.” That it left room for amending, and that the founders took to that amending so immediately, contains the tacit confession “we’re pretty sure we didn’t think of everything, and so we might have made some mistakes.” This, I believe, is what a people should want from it’s founding framework – and it’s government.
But given that the document is by its own admission imperfect, how might we make it better? And by “we,” I mean us – the readers, writers and contributors of the League.
So for this post, I am throwing out a challenge to all:
If you could make any one amendment to the US Constitution, what would it be?
You have the freedom to suggest any amendment at all you think would change the country for the better. Term limits for judges, no man-on-man nuptials, popular vote for president, everyone gets a free pony – it’s up to you.
To avoid going too far into the weeds about “but it already says/suggests that,” or “what does it matter, the SCOTUS will just…,” we will assume for this exercise that if passed the amendment you propose will be followed by all branches as intended until such time (if any) that a future Constitutional amendment strikes it down.
For the ease of review, I ask that any proposed amendment be made as a thread-starting comment, rather then nested somewhere in the discussion of someone else’s amendment. Once an amendment is proposed, everyone is allowed to tweak, support or oppose it, and explain their reasons for doing so.
If we get more than a couple, I am thinking I might gather up those that seem to have generated the most support, and present them in a future post so that we might vote on them.
Given the chance, would this group change our founding document greatly, slightly, or not at all? After reading the threads of Tim’s and my post, I am most curious to find out.