Democracy in Peril: No Amendment Might be Spared

October 11, 2018

 

How many Americans today even know that the original framers, the “founding fathers, DID NOT WANT A DEMOCRACY?

 

There are people who do not know anything about the Constitution of the United States. They do not have the slightest idea that the Bill of Rights are only Amendments 1-10, and that these rights did not exist prior to 1789. Many believe that what is written as of today is virtually carved in stone in much the same way it is said that Moses received the Ten Commandments 

 

But wait? There is only one original Constitution, right?

 

NO. The Constitution we have today is not the original Constitution. 

 

It can't be changed, can it?

 

YES. There are two ways it can be changed. 

 

Article V of the Constitution states:

 

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

 

The original Constitution was trashed during what is known as the Constitutional Convention of 1787. A new Constitution emerged from the rubble of the old, and the Federal government we have today is a direct result.

 

There is another Constitutional Convention which is gaining steam through the “conservative states” and it is serious enough to consider what could be on the horizon.  These people are on the farthest of the far right and are pushing toward what they call the “Convention of States Movement.”

 

Recall in my earlier essay entitled, "The Article V Constitutional Convention and Why You Should be Concerned" and its accompanying video , I discussed in detail the ramifications of opening up the Constitution and that once opened, there is no guarantee that all other Articles and Amendments would not be adversely affected. There isn't any guarantee that the entire Constitution would be spared.

 

Article I of the Constitution created in 1787 and ratified in 1788, effectively created the Legislature that we have today.  Highlights included for example, a portion of Article I, Section 2, which was changed by the 14th Amendment:

 

Article I-Section 2

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

 

a portion of Section 9, which was changed by the 16th Amendment:

 

Article I-Section 9

 

The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.

 

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken. a portion of Section 3 was changed by the 17th Amendment; and a portion of Section 4 was changed by the 20th Amendment

 

a portion of Section 3, which was changed by the 17th Amendment: 

 

Article I-Section 3

 

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

 

...and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.

 

These are just a few of the provisions placed into effect as a result of the Constitutional Convention ratified in 1789. Even as the first 10 amendments were put into the Constitution to protect the rights white America, additional Amendments were placed into the Constitution through the years in order to ensure that all Americans were afforded the same rights, especially as these rights affect basic human and civil liberties. Imagine for a moment the 13th through 16th Amendments being deleted. Imagine the 17th Amendment being deleted.

 

These rights and others are in jeopardy. If the racists, the white supremacists, the Conservatives, and the Libertarians have their way and succeed in their efforts to influence states to convene an Article V Constitutional "Convention of States," many of the changes to Articles and Amendments that relate to the civil rights of all individuals including the democracy we hold so dear could disappear.

 

Remember, these "Constitutionalists," "Constitutional Purists," "Strict Constructionists," and all others who want this country to stick to the "original" Constitution are the very ones who do NOT want democracy in America and are working diligently to dismantle it.

 

It is vitally important to learn exactly what your rights are, to learn what Amendments to the Constitution were for and to understand how imperative it is for there to be controls placed on the ability of any partisan on either side of the political spectrum to gut the document which is meant to guarantee our rights and liberties in this country. 

 

 

Sources:

 

Convention of States Action

Article 1 of the Constitution-U.S. Constitution Center-

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