May 05, 2004

This might sound silly...
When faced with issues concerning the amendment or altering of the document that I, and many others, have sworn to protect I find that it is best to reference the document itself...

"Article. V.
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 that I realize that it doesn't make a damn bit of difference what the POTUS thinks. Wait, let me look again...Yup, no mention of the President in the whole amendment process. With that being said, it would be nice if President Bush would go back to the Oval office and, oh, I don't know, come up with an Actual foreign Policy? This is a Legislative Issue and while Bush is the most high profile person talking about it he can't really do anything about it. Sure he can put political heat on the Congress, but that shouldn't matter with this particular issue. What is being proposed is a statement of Morality in the very document that is supposed to rational. We have never passed an amendment based on a view of morality. In our system of government even murder is treated as a legal issue. Regardless of what moral beliefs one has torwards murder, our laws state that because it is an infringement on another's rights that it is wrong. What Bush is really doing here is trying to distract the voters from voicing their position with the right people. Everyone will walk around focusing on Bush and the upcoming election instead of talking with their elected reps. I should also point out that on this issue I only have one position..."What do the people want?" Gays being married isn't going to affect me one way or another. I have a wife and I'm happy. So what if these people want to do the same. At the same time I believe what Thomas Jefferson wrote in The Anas in 1793:
"I subscribe to the principle, that the will of the majority honestly expressed should give law."

He did go on, of course, in his many writings to pass on this tidbit on the responsibility of the Majority...
"Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression."

Bottom line, if this whole amendment process doesn't fizzle out in the Congressional Proposal Stage (which I think it will) then every single American should make their wishes known to their respective representatives and that should be the end of it. Until of course the Supreme Court gets involved and all hell really breaks loose....


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