Friday, July 13, 2012

Question of the Day

Suggested by Julie (that she says she pinched from the New York Times):

If the Constitution were being written today, what would you add, delete, or clarify?

I am loath to make wholesale changes to the Constitution because I know that even a little tweak can have the butterfly effect and cause uninteded changes in our foundational law. That said, I’m not sure we still need the Third Amendment that bans the quartering of soldiers in homes without the owner’s permission — a holdover from pre-revolutionary times — and I think the Second Amendment could use some help with sentence structure.

What I would really like to see is the enforcement of the ones we already have, such as the Fourteenth’s provisions for equal protection for all citizens, including those of us who would like to marry one other person regardless of their genitalia. And it might be a good idea to define a citizen as, at minimum, a carbon-based life form born or naturalized in the United States. Corporations are not people, my friend. (But Soylent Green is….)