Bill of Rights

Manuscript of the Constitution of the 3rd May 1791

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Some on the Right consider the Constitution a divinely inspired document. If that is the case, why do so many politicians want to amend it in so many different ways. Not only do many on the Right want to further amend the Constitution by adding amendments to it, they advocate the repeal of most, if not all, of the current amendments save for the Second, gun rights and the Tenth, states rights.

If the term limits amendment were repealed, then Ronald Reagan might be nominated to run again. There is nothing in the Constitution to prohibit a deceased candidate from running for office. If he were re-elected, his vice president, whoever he or she might be, would serve out the term.

Cut, cap and balance

Orrin Hatch, Utah's longest serving senator, i...

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Just received another Hatch Dispatch from Senator Orrin Hatch. He was wed to snail mail for the longest time, but now that a re-election campaign looms in 2012, he has adopted the latest technology.

In this Dispatch, he touted the Balanced Budget amendment to the US Constitution. He claimed that all Republican US Senators support it. Among other things, it would require a super-majority, two thirds I suppose, to pass tax increases and budgets. This approach was tried in California and found unworkable.California is now moving in the other direction. Why amend the Constitution to enshrine an unworkable measure? Because it would convert our democracy from majority rule to rule by a minority, one third plus one vote. The GOP is on its way to permanent minority status, but they want to continue to rule. That is why they support a balanced budget amendment UNANIMOUSLY.