More than a few times in the past decade, I have opined that it may be time to update the U.S. Constitution, to bring it into the 21st century. The framers of the document fully intended it to be a living, breathing document, one that would grow as times changed, but due to a number of factors, it has failed to progress much. Two of my pet peeves are how the 1st and 2nd Amendments have been translated over time. Free speech seems to me to have gotten well out of hand when there is no accompanying responsibility, and the ‘right to bear arms’ has been taken far beyond what the framers could have ever imagined. Professor Taboo has just begun what will be a series of thoughts and suggestions about ways to update the Constitution, to bring it into the current century, make it the living, breathing document the founders imagined. What follows is the first in his series and I think the series will be well worth your time to read and ponder. Thank you, Prof!
—Roy Young – President/CEO, James Madison’s Montpelier
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What exactly no longer works in our 18th century Constitution? For many Americans today that would be a shocking, disturbing question. Some would be appalled that it was even suggested. While on the other hand, for many other Americans the question would illicit just the opposite reaction, frustration perhaps, but not shock. Yet, today the chasm of heated emotions within our split and splitting, polarized politics is quite real. It is undeniable by any foreign observer. Like it or not, in today’s U.S. of A., the battle-lines are rapidly drawn and battle-cries shouted “you’re either with us or against us” as President George W. Bush once proclaimed to the world in the wake of 9/11. Only today, that line drawn in the sand describes acutely our current prognosis of U.S…
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