About every 50 years, a number of Amendments are added to the Constitution.  We are right on time.

Immediately after the Constitution was adopted, Congress – under threat of dishonoring its word – proposed 12 amendments to the States.  The states quickly ratified 10 – the Bill of Rights.  They protect the People from the government.

About 70 years later, a Civil War tore the country apart.  It brought about, in the 1860s, another series of amendments.  They freed the slaves.  An abomination was rectified.  The People were increased.  Another consequence, intended or not, was to weaken the powers of the individual States.  Those amendments turned the country into a nation. 

Fifty years later, in the 1910s, the nation had grown.  Railroad barons with government monopolies (let’s call it what it was: crony capitalism) threatened to control the government.  A spate of amendments under the banner of Progressive Ideals, were passed.  The stated goal was to ‘democratize’ the nation – give it back to the People.

Fifty years after that, in the 1960s, our nation was torn again by what some called ‘the military industrial complex’ (the crony-est of capitalism), and the failure of the promises of the 1860s.  Another flood of amendments ensued.  Some were designed to restrict the government, others to give more Power to the People.

Fifty years after that, in the 2010s, our nation is again beset by crony capitalism.  The promises of the 1910s have failed.  It is time for Amendments.

A number of proposals have been made. 

In future posts, I will look at

  • Term Limits,
  • the Electoral College,
  • Full House Representation (which covers the two above),
  • Balanced Budget,
  • Congress follow its own Laws, like the rest of us,
  • Repeal of the 16th Amendment (Income Tax; 1913).
  • A few proposals brought up in our Constitution Study group have no handy name for marketing, yet.
  • Should these be proposed by what is being called a “Convention of States”?

Let me know what you’d like to talk about first.  Make a comment to this post, or email me through our Josephine County Constitution Study Group.  (My email is at bottom of the home page.)