Nobody ever trusts a turncoat. Why do people never remember that? The minute you turn your face against your brothers, you are finished. Your former enemies will embrace you warmly in public, but in private they plan your demise.
Democracy Not Possible
There can never, not ever, exist a true one-person, one-vote Democracy. Unless one is on a desert isle with six other mentally capable adult castaways, there will always be children, infants, the insane, the comatose, the demented, the despicable, and so forth, none of whom can vote.
The point of mentioning this trivial truth is that we always—always—must draw arbitrary lines of suffrage. Because these lines grow so familiar that they are no longer seen cannot be an excuse to ban revisiting their justification.
And so, repeal the 17th! That amendment was adopted in 1913 (a year of insanity); it provided for the election of the Senate by the citizenry, removing this privilege from the State Legislatures. Not only did this switch increase the Government Pandering Index by 328%, but it directed a fire-hose of money at senatorial candidates.
We now have the case where senators spends a substantial—a majority?—of their time raising funds and otherwise shoring up their chances for reelection.
And how about this idea? Because senators must totter from one teat to another, they become more receptive to the pigs who feed them. This, in turn, leads to an increase in the size of government (and corporate power) as the senators battle each other for influence and favor from monies interests.
Speaking Of Amendments
Here’s a picture of when amendments to our constitution happened:
In one sense, the first ten don’t really count as amendments, because they were part of the deal of adoption. But, there they are.
There was some early tinkering, but on what we nowadays would consider technicalities. The 11th said that states could only be sued in state courts. The 12th added mumbo-jumbo about separately listing presidential and vice-presidential candidates on ballots.
Peace and quiet ruled for some three score years, until 1861, when there was no amendment, of course, but the event that led to the 13th began. The 13th itself was patched with the 14th and 15th three and five years later.
And once more there was satisfaction.
Until greed finally made its appearance. Both the income tax and direct voting for senators were adopted in the same year; a shocking coincidence.
Drunk with power, and now subject fully to the idiotic whims of full democracy, in 1919 the government acquiesced to the 18th amendment, which was launched with a bottle of seltzer. This was followed closely one year later by the 19th, an addition which eventually gifted us Nancy Pelosi.
Kidding! Just kidding, folks.
After the country was sufficiently mobbed up, a state of affairs the direct result of needless meddling, and now a happenstance entirely forgotten (not the crime, but the fact that the government caused it), the 18th was repealed with the 21st. Not the 20th, which was mere bookkeeping, a device to pretend that the government could engage in sober deliberation; a distraction which was sorely needed after twenty-plus years of lunacy.
In 1951 came the 22nd, the Anti-Roosevelt amendment, which the government didn’t have the guts to introduce until long after that man’s death.
After ten years of quiet, came a series of tinkering, appearing so regularly it would not have been wrong to conclude that new amendments would forever follow that pattern. These additions, except for the 25th, expanded suffrage. The 25th added more club rules, now necessary considering the lack of civility and sobriety at our highest levels.
The last—so far, of course—was the 27th in 1992, the result of pandering as pure as you will ever see. It says that Congress can’t give themselves pay increases until after their next elections. This amendment was made knowing that incumbents were almost guaranteed reelection.
Nobody even remembers it. That it was ever made is an embarrassment.
When Will The Next Amendment Appear?
Looking just at the numbers, one would guess soon. Within the next decade.
What will it be? Let’s hope it’s not the “equal” “rights” amendment (“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”).
Will the theme be suffrage? That forms the basis of most amendments. Will those that say the constitution is a “living” document seek to award voting rights to aliens?
Or will the Tea Party introduce a balanced budget, or strict term limits for Congress?