06 August, 2002

Amendments

There has been a veritable freshet of frivolous, potential Constitutional Amendments lately. Alright, maybe there are a lot every year, and I'm just not noticing them.

Specifically, though, I'm thinking of such recent ideas as protecting marriage (which I ranted about here), and this new one, protecting the pledge of allegiance and national motto. Presumably the latter is protection from those godless heathens in this country who have their knickers in a bunch about being told to trust god. Heavens to mergatroid! You mean we might have to run this country as an actual republic, that was (presumably) designed to exercise the will of the majority, while not completely trampling the rights of the minority? Say it ain't so!

I'm not trying to say that the Constitution is a sacred document, meant to be revered, left unchanged, and always unchallenged. But damnit, if every little political faction with a burr up its butt got the Amendment they've been pining for added, who knows what kind of useless crap we'd find in there. And just because it seems like the right thing to do at the time, it doesn't mean it will stand the test of time.

I think it annoys me more that these groups look at amending the Constitution as not only the ultimate solution to their problem, but the only solution. It's like the guy who gets a parking ticket claiming he will fight it all the way to the Supreme Court. It's great to live in a country where, yeah, potentially this could happen. But in reality, taking every nit-picky little complaint straight to the top just isn't going to help anyone out except the person who had the complaint in the first place.

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