Wednesday, January 22, 2014
[1788 - George Gordon, Lord Byron, poet, born in Aberdeen, Scotland]
[1946 - Central Intelligence Group, CIA precursor,
established by President Harry S. Truman]
[1973 - Supreme Court recognizes women's abortion rights in Roe v. Wade]
There is talk of amending our Constitution every time the judiciary makes an unpopular ruling on a hot button social issue. Fortunately, the Founding Fathers made it difficult for us to tamper frivolously with their crowning achievement, so these misguided efforts usually die a well-deserved death. Those same Fathers were acutely aware of the evil that arises from a Tyranny of the Majority, and would have roundly condemned the Congress' efforts to weave a particular religious and cultural definition of marriage into the law of the land. Indeed, one expects they would applaud the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA and leave such matters in the hands of individual citizens, or of the States, as they are now.
If you are going to mess with our Constitution, here is a proposal worthy of more serious attention than most others currently under consideration. It would add the following to Article I :
Section 11. Whenever the Congress shall consider any Declaration of War, or any Act or Resolution that authorizes the commitment of the Armed Forces to combat, or the funding of such activity, only the votes of those Members who have previously served in combat, and those who have children or grandchildren currently on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States of America shall be counted.
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