New Constitutional Amendments Not Needed

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Editor:

The current fad of proposing new amendments to the U.S. Constitution is absurd on several levels.

First: the U. S. Constitution is not deficient; it is simply despised and ignored. Those members of Congress who despise and ignore the Constitution would despise and ignore the amendments, right along with the rest of the Constitution.

Second: as a people, Americans have an abominable record of pasting horrid amendments onto an otherwise outstanding and inspired document due to a combination of ignorance and arrogance. We are ignorant of the background of the Constitution and the astounding depths of wisdom and understanding forming it.

There are histories and the Federalist Papers documenting the sound reasoning behind the Constitution. Yet we are arrogant enough to believe we have no need to study any of that stuff — nor the Constitution itself, for that matter. Anything that pops into our little brains is superior to whatever was in the minds of those who composed the original document. As a consequence, we have Amendments XVI (income taxes), XVII (Senators popularly elected, instead of appointed by the state legislatures — consequently assuring low-population states being steamrollered by high-population states), XVIII (prohibition, necessitating XXI), XXI (repealing XVIII), and XXVI (18-year-olds vote — 35 better?). The Constitution would be a better place if we repealed these, rather than added new ones as bad or worse.

For examples:

The balanced budget amendment, if not totally ignored, would be used as an excuse to increase taxes as required to keep spending on unconstitutional programs without limits. The term limits amendment would guarantee that: first, the rare Constitutionalist member of Congress would be thrown out with the typical anti-Constitutionalist majority; and second, that no member of Congress would have any incentive to abide by the wishes of their constituents, since they’d be thrown out whether they did or not — better to work for the highest-bidding special interest group. The “make Congress share the pain of the legislation they pass” would not only be ignored, but itself ignores the fact that those members supporting such unconstitutional legislation should simply be removed from office.

The true solutions to all the problems these proposed amendments fail to solve is, first,

elect Constitutionalist members of Congress; and second, elect Constitutionalist members to your state legislatures, and encourage them to judiciously use the nullification process to stuff the Congress back into its Constitutionally-confined box.

Terry Putnam

Young

Comments

Dan Varnes 3 years, 8 months ago

It makes me proud to know that we have someone as intelligent and knowledgeable as Mr. Putnam in the Payson area.

We need many more, just like him.

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