Friday, December 5, 2008

Article V

Now for the fifth article. As you can read, this one establishes the procedure for ammending the constitution. So here is the text of the article:
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.

After reading, it really is amazing that we have had ANY amendments given the fact that it requires 2/3 of the states even to bring up an amendment to the constitution, and 3/4 of the states need to ratify it. I guess the original authors took the business of amending the constitution seriously. It lends some credence to the fact that the amendments are truly important, and an integral part of the constitution. I can't wait to get to the amendments; I love them (at least most of them.)

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