In “Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It,” we invited readers to share their own thoughts on how we might change the founding document for the 21st century. We’ve gathered a sampling of proposed new amendments. Vote for or against each one and the next amendment will appear. (When you’re done, you can scroll through again to see how others voted.) We’ll share the results and let you know which ones were “ratified” by two-thirds of our virtual constitutional convention.
This is fascinating. And it makes me even more grateful for the foresight, wisdom, and restraint of our actual founders.
We The People of the NPR poll are in favor of direct democracy in a big way and opposed to corporate personhood in an even bigger way. Well, They The People are.
I’m disappointed with Congress too, y’all, but I think national referendums based on 10% of the population’s request, national votes on spending bills, and national votes on going to war are all ludicrous ideas. Look to California to see the havoc wrought by putting too much trust in direct democracy. Also, those measures would all be immensely difficult to administrate. If the message behind those ideas is to cut out the government middle man, you’re in for a big disappointment when you see how many bureaucrats it would actually take to set up a national vote before we could spend money or go to war. And corporate personhood? Ugh, what a mess. I think the idea should be hemmed in considerably, but even the leftiest 1L who’s sat through CivPro, Torts, and Contracts would admit that it’s necessary for our modern legal world to, you know, function.