21st Century Progressive America

The problem with modern progressives and the constitution is this:  they believe that the constitution is a living breathing document.  That it should be updated to reflect the society of today not 18th century America but 21st century America.  To do that they enact laws, appoint judges and create executive orders all in an attempt to "bring the constitution into the modern era".  What they fail to realize it that the framers understood that society might change, and they couldn't predict the future.  To this end they gave us Constitutional amendments.

Unfortunately, that is too big of a step to progressives.  Imagine if the people (through state governments) had the ability to modify the constitution.  It hasn't happen since 1992 (and that one took over 202 years to get approved).   Wow it has been over twenty years since a constitutional amendment.

We have had a huge number of courts cases decide the future of this country (Roe v Wade, Obamacare, 2000 Presidential Election).  Amazing.

Maybe someone should mention this to the progressives in this country.  You know just in case they haven't read the constitution and don't know that a fix already exists for their grievance.  Instead of enacting laws repeatedly that we don't enforce or executive orders that aren't really laws, but get enforced like they are.  We could just pass a constitutional amendment and fix anything we deem "not modern".



Here are the ways this can occur for anyone out there who is not a constitutional scholar.

The framers of the Constitution, recognizing the difference between regular legislation and constitutional matters, intended that it be difficult to change the Constitution, but not so difficult as to render it an inflexible instrument of government. The amending process they devised, codified in Article Five of the United States Constitution, has two steps. Proposals to amend the Constitution must be properly Adopted and Ratified before becoming operative.A proposed amendment may be adopted and sent to the states for ratification by either: OR To become part of the Constitution, an adopted amendment must be ratified by either (as determined by Congress):
  • The legislatures of three-fourths (presently 38) of the states, within the stipulated time period—if any;
OR


Now since we know how to change the Constitution, we just have to get enough of those pesky state legislatures to agree and then we can have our new country.  Oh yeah.  Why do it the right way when we can complain that the constitution should change but go out of our way to not change it but continue to enact laws and executive orders that are unconstitutional just because we want to.

Thanks to our government for failing to do the right thing when the wrong thing is so much easier.  Maybe we should ask our representatives why they feel that so many of our "rights" need to be codified, yet they refuse to take the necessary steps to permanently protect these "rights".  They want the wiggle room to change their minds when it is politically expedient instead of making it permanent.  This should tell you how much they truly care about your "rights".