by Allan Wall, US Incorporated, ©2021

(Dec. 28, 2021) — The Boston Globe has published a collection of essays entitled, “Editing the Constitution.”

There is a built-in mechanism for editing the U.S. Constitution. It’s called the amendment process, spelled out in Article V of the Constitution itself.

This process has been utilized sparingly to amend the Constitution during the past 200+ years. And there have been some significant changes made via constitutional amendments.

The 12th Amendment changed how we select the President and Vice President, the latter of whom was previously the runner-up in the presidential election. (Imagine Hillary as Trump’s VP or Trump as Biden’s Vice President!)

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years old.

The 18th Amendment enacted the prohibition of alcoholic beverages and the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment.

So yes, amendments have greatly changed American life.

What does the Boston Globe have in mind?

Besides the introduction to the collection, written by Abdallah Fayad, there are 13 essays proposing changes.

Check them out for yourself, and see what you think.

Let’s consider two of the essays — the one on immigration and the one on the First and Second Amendments.

Jeff Jacoby’s contribution is an essay entitled, “Restore the Original Immigration Policy: An Open Door.”

Jacoby begins the essay by boldly declaring, “The Framers of the Constitution gave the federal government no authority to restrict peaceful immigration.”

Really?

Jacoby’s proposed amendment:

“Neither the United States, nor any State, shall restrict immigration from nations with which the United States is not in a state of war, unless such restrictions are narrowly tailored to the advancement of a compelling government interest.”

Open borders in the 21st century means the loss of American sovereignty. That’s why globalists like the open borders concept.

Another essay, by Mary Anne Franks, is entitled, “Redo the First Two Amendments.”

Who is Mary Anne Franks? According to her bio at the bottom of the essay, she is the “Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair at the University of Miami School of Law.”

Significantly, she has authored a book entitled, “The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech.” Hmmm.

Dr. Franks says this of both the First and Second Amendments: “As legal texts go, neither of the two amendments is a model of clarity or precision.”

But how clear and precise are her proposals?


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  1. Everybody wants to get into the act! – Jimmy Durante
    Please back off, Boston Globe.
    Why do you think God invented activist judges?
    These activist judges would not take kindly of the Boston Globe trying to take away activist judges’ jobs.