Lysander Spooner once said “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
I tend to agree with Spooner, except I would add the words “in its current form” to the end of the quote, because I do not dismiss the use of constitutional amendments to move us closer to liberty, as I have previously mentioned HERE.
I believe that passing new amendments to limit some of the evils of the current regime is significantly more achievable than convincing the indoctrinated masses to embrace Rothbardianism.
Now, some of you will argue that amendments are impossible to pass, but if this is the case, how was it done 27 times?
Others will say that the constitution is ineffective and no one cares what it says. Yet, Obama is not permitted to serve a 3rd term as a result of the 22nd amendment, and the 25th amendment will be followed if Hillary Clinton is elected and either dies or is disabled by whatever medical problem she has.
I believe that the mere act of proposing constitutional amendments can revive the document, and even an amendment that fails could be used to show congress that the people do care about limiting government.
Amendments are regularly proposed and go nowhere, because they do not have a popular movement behind them. These proposals are premature, and can therefore go nowhere without consequence. However, an amendment with a populist movement behind it is dismissed at the congress’s peril.
The members of congress must fear the consequences of the amendment not being given to the states for consideration, and that is done not by looking for support immediately before the vote, but by building support for years before the vote is even proposed. This is how prohibition was brought upon a nation enamored with alcohol, and how it was eliminated years later.
There are a number of potential amendments that I have been thinking about, and I will be sharing them over several future posts.