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‘Fixing’ The Constitution, One Amendment At A Time

Max Snider, of Tacoma, Wash., signs his name to a giant copy of the U.S. Constitution during a protest in Olympia, Wash., Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (AP)

Within the next few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down a much anticipated ruling on the so-called Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law championed and signed by President Obama in 2010. Among the big issues is whether or not the mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance is constitutional.

 The decision will have huge ramifications on the nation’s health care system and upon the tens of millions of Americans without health insurance. And it’s sure to spark a new set of arguments about the High Court, about how it interprets the constitution, and about the constitution itself.

 The Constitution turns 225 this year, and while many argue that it has worked reasonably well over the centuries to guide “a more perfect union,” others suggest that it might need a bit of an overhaul, or at least a few choice amendments.

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  • J__o__h__n

    I agree that the Senate is unfair to citizens in populous states but the Constitution does not allow for this to be amended:

    Article V “and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

  • J__o__h__n

    Require 2/3 vote on the Supreme Court to overturn laws passed by Congress. (As it takes 2/3 of each house of Congress to override a veto, this would keep the Supreme Court from being more powerful than the other branches.)
     
    Popular vote instead of electoral college.
     
    Money is not speech.
     
    Corporations are not people.
     
    Abolish filibuster and secret holds in the Senate. (Although I think the filibuster is unconstitutional as the Constitution specifically states when a super majority is required.  Otherwise why does it give the power to break tie votes to the vice president if a simple majority was not sufficient?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susette-Doyle/100003278159461 Susette Doyle

    Require any law contemplated by congress or lower houses to be put on a ballot; restrict the use of special elections to only replace elected officials who have died, not just for ballot initiatives and the like; no law should be passed that infringes on our Bill of Rights, i.e. no laws restricting our freedom of choices that are not already legal (no laws making something that once was legal suddenly to become illegal).

    • J__o__h__n

      Why have congress if everything goes on the ballot?  CA proves this is a silly idea. 

      While new laws shouldn’t violate the Bill of Rights, not being able to make something currently legal illegal would not allow any new laws to address changes in in society or technology. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susette-Doyle/100003278159461 Susette Doyle

        Any time we give Congress complete voice without them asking us for our approval, we lose our voice and allow them to have more control. Silly. That’s what democracy is. YOU are part of WE the PEOPLE.

  • PithHelmut

    For their time, the founders’ intent was sound in specifying two senators equally for each state. However now it is a distortion that favors the lower populated states and this gives an unfair advantage to the states of lower populations.  Therefore it would be more equitable now, if one senator stood to represent every 10 million of population. Since no other state has reached the 30 million mark, all would retain their senatorial number of 2 except California which would get 3 senators. As the population expands in other states, when the number reaches the 30 million mark, they too would elect an extra senator to represent their greater number. This method would still keep the original intent of the founders’ while addressing the unfair advantage afforded the states with low populations.

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