Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Right Way to Amend the Constitution, part 1

This is part one of an ongoing series of articles containing proposals for amendments to the Constitution. For someone who claims so fervently to be a “Constitutionalist”, how is it that I can be so eager to change the Constitution? Well, there are several reasons. For one thing, I believe that after the Bill of Rights, much damage was done by some of the amendments that were added and the legitimacy of some of their ratifications are questionable. Secondly, the Constitution has been violated so much that the necessity of further amendments is needed to resolve the resulting problems. But this should be done extremely cautiously. These amendments are extremely unlikely to ever be introduced, much less ratified, but hey, I can dream, can’t I?

Here is the proposed amendment:

The following words shall be added at the end of the sentence which constitutes the Preamble of this Constitution:

…recognizing Almighty God as the source of all authority and power in civil government, and acknowledging the Lord Jesus Christ as the Governor among nations, His revealed will as the supreme law of the land, in order to constitute a Christian government.

Commentary on this proposed amendment:
Some Christians tried to have this added at about the time of the civil war. The Preamble currently reads:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Click here to see next week's proposed amendment.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:07 AM

    By adding this statement to the preamble you would turn this country into a Christianity based Theocracy instead of a non-biased Republic, thereby negating the entire Constitution as written.

    We must NEVER do that!