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Old September 13 2013, 09:53 AM   #67
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Re: If you were to create a 28th amendment.

Alidar Jarok wrote: View Post
The power of the constitution has been used to support those values you champion in ways the founders would not have voted for (certainly, it would not have commanded a majority vote of delegates and would not have commanded a majority, let alone 9 states).
That's what I said.

But you misperceive the point of a written constitution if you think it is to confine the people of today to the dead hand of the past.
No, I understand that completely. The point is that the amendment process can be used to strengthen and evolve the core values of the Founders, which will always be valid-- such as was done by acknowledging women's right to vote-- or it can be used to undermine and compromise those values-- such as was done by establishing Prohibition. Not being confined to the dead hand of the past is a double-edged sword.
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