Necessary Amendments to the Constitution? My Daily Read 2/23/2016

Greetings Fellow Whigs ( to you curious others who might be reading this), I came across this article on line from Huffington Post today while skimming through the news. The author makes an argument for three proposed constitutional amendments:  One regarding judicial appointments, another defining the term "Natural Born Citizen", and finally one which deals with equal rights.  Lately, I have also seen a push for an amendment supporting term limits, and I myself have suggested an amendment which changes the way members of both houses of Congress are paid (putting their pay under the control of their respective state legislatures).  At any rate, I would hope you will read this article at the address provided at the end of this post, and as always, comment freely.  Your opinions in these matters do count, especially as we in the MWP attempt to restore representative government to the United States.  You can read the article here:

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  • jules rensch
    commented 2016-04-07 00:02:56 -0400
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  • jules rensch
    tagged this with good 2016-04-07 00:01:55 -0400
  • Brandon Zicha
    commented 2016-02-26 09:32:35 -0500
    All the credible evidence on Term-Limits suggests that they cause more problems than they solve. Colin is right, that that the most principled way to limit politicians is via the very mechanism intended by the founders (competitive elections). Making these elections competitive would certainly do the trick.

    All told, I think this is a great article you linked to Douglas. I think each of these amendments has solid foundations that would put to rest many basic questions that have been mired in legal attempts to wedge contemporary values into a 19th century rights structure.
  • Colin Bisasky
    commented 2016-02-26 01:37:34 -0500
    Have to disagree. Congressional term limits would paper over the real problem, which is gerrymandering. That is why congressmen stay in office long after their actual political utility has diminished. If you have a term limit, Congresswoman Smith might have to step down, but her party wouldn’t. If gerrymandering were effectively outlawed, seats in Congress would be more competitive, and a “natural” term limit would result.
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    tagged this with good 2016-02-26 01:37:34 -0500
  • Zach Baker
    commented 2016-02-23 21:49:36 -0500
    I definitely think there needs to be an amendment limiting term limits for Congress. As for the three presented in this article, I like all of them, but I think getting ratified, the go from hard, harder, hardest. The judicial appointment one isn’t so bad, but the “Natural Born Citizen” and ERA amendments would be difficult to pass, at least at the moment.
  • Douglas Harvey
    published this page in Whig Forums 2016-02-23 16:18:53 -0500