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« on: September 29, 2015, 11:19:52 pm »

Discuss If you had the power to add your own amendment what would this be, this may also involve proposing an amendment that would override or at least partially current one  eg an amendment that bans flag burning
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2015, 06:56:57 am »

An amendment to make it easier to amend the constitution.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2015, 11:00:52 am »

An amendment to make it easier to amend the constitution.

Pretty much. There needs to be way more amendments as is. Perhaps some way of consolidating the technical, non-civil rights ones as well (like the "who becomes President when the president dies", who becomes VP when the election is over, etc).
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2015, 12:14:21 pm »

Pass an amendment requiring a 3/5 (or possibly even 2/3) vote in the U.S. Senate to invoke cloture on a motion.  Nix the "nuclear option" once and for all, and protect the Senate's status as  the world's greatest deliberative body.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2015, 01:51:32 pm »

Term Limits (12 Yrs per house)
Line-Item Veto Amendment
Balanced Budget Amendment
Continuity of government Amendment
Treaty Loophole (Bricker) Amendment
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2015, 02:14:27 pm »
« Edited: September 30, 2015, 02:16:40 pm by The devil's advocate »

Anything that would make the USA more democratic and fix all the problems with elections.
The system isn't working and needs to be fixed.

Of course, another problem is war. Any amendment which would make it harder to go to war would meet with my approval.

edit: btw Supreme Court justices should have limited terms. Lifetime appointments don't seem prudent. (although I don't think we need a constitutional amendment for that, that was just a tangent I wanted to consider)
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2015, 03:52:52 pm »

1. Abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a national popular vote with a runoff if no candidate receives a majority. Empower Congress to establish and enforce nationwide standards for voter eligibility, early voting, ballot access, and recount procedures for the presidential election.

2. Go ahead and give D.C. representation in the House, but no Senators. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2015, 09:43:32 am »

An amendment similar to what Lessig wants as a bill. Getting money out of politics is honestly the best first step to fixing the rest of the country's problems.
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2015, 03:48:40 pm »

Personhood Admendement, Concealed Carry Admendment and Legal Tender Admendment.
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2015, 04:40:31 pm »

edit: btw Supreme Court justices should have limited terms. Lifetime appointments don't seem prudent. (although I don't think we need a constitutional amendment for that, that was just a tangent I wanted to consider)
All Article III judges have life terms guaranteed by the Constitution. Only Article I judges who act to make decisions concerning government programs such as Social Security don't have life terms.
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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2015, 07:39:12 pm »

the ERA would be a good start (and as usual crabcake is right as well)
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2015, 05:36:59 am »

Anything that would make the USA more democratic and fix all the problems with elections.
The system isn't working and needs to be fixed.

Of course, another problem is war. Any amendment which would make it harder to go to war would meet with my approval.

edit: btw Supreme Court justices should have limited terms. Lifetime appointments don't seem prudent. (although I don't think we need a constitutional amendment for that, that was just a tangent I wanted to consider)

I totally agree with all of that. Fixing the electoral system is one of the most important things we need to do--the current system just ensures the Duopoly of Crap will survive as our sole rulers unchallenged. And something that makes war ridiculously hard would also be great.
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2015, 11:23:27 am »

-Overturn Citizens United (getting money out of politics)
-District of Columbia Voting Rights (like the one that was passed in the 70s)
-Equal Rights (also like the 70s one, though I would add race, sexual orientation and gender identity to it)
-Allow naturalized citizens to become president
-Abolish Electoral College
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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2015, 12:35:49 pm »

Anything that would make the USA more democratic and fix all the problems with elections.
The system isn't working and needs to be fixed.

Of course, another problem is war. Any amendment which would make it harder to go to war would meet with my approval.

edit: btw Supreme Court justices should have limited terms. Lifetime appointments don't seem prudent. (although I don't think we need a constitutional amendment for that, that was just a tangent I wanted to consider)

The Constitution already makes it hard to go to war, Congress since WW2 has given up that power to the president
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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2015, 01:59:57 pm »
« Edited: October 02, 2015, 02:02:16 pm by Crab »

Yeah so in addition to my amendment amendment, I would:

- repeal the 2nd (I can say this, I'm British)
- abolish the senate, or at least severely curtail its power
- put radical campaign finance restriction
- instate that fancy new bill of rights or whatever, including rights to income, employment, housing, healthcare, basic privacy, education and a healthy environment.
- ensure every citizen over the age of 16 has full voting rights
- introduce single transferable vote in an expanded house; and IRV National vote for President (including territories)
- define natural resources as a public possession.
- abolish Delaware (it's useless)
- I wouldn't oppose some form of balance budget amendment, except in recessions. If it could also oppose surpluses as well, that would be good.
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« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2015, 02:09:19 pm »

- abolish Delaware (it's useless)


Look, I hate Delaware as much as the next guy, but if it's gone, where are Pennsylvanians going to get their beers and other liquors?
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« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2015, 06:35:03 pm »

- abolish Delaware (it's useless)


Look, I hate Delaware as much as the next guy, but if it's gone, where are Pennsylvanians going to get their beers and other liquors?

Arguably, the existing clause giving Congress sole power over naturalizations, especially when combined with the Commerce Clause could be used to have Congress require corporations be chartered by the Federal government instead of States, which would help do away with one of the problems Delaware causes.
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2015, 07:20:15 pm »

Abolish the stupidity that is the second amendment.
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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2015, 11:22:59 pm »

Ban abortion
Repeal the 2nd Amendment
Allow naturalized citizens to run for President
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« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2015, 03:03:18 pm »

Fun thread.

-Bar any state from interfering with women's reproductive rights (abortion, contraception)
-Repeal the second amendment
-Bar voter ID, poll taxes, literacy tests, etc
-Legalize marijuana
-Require that gerrymandered districts reflect the popular vote of the state.  Meaning you can't stay in power simply by cutting up the electoral map in your party's favor.  Certain maps can favor certain politicians but overall they should not benefit one party over the other.
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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2015, 03:42:51 pm »

1. Ban abortion
2. Ban death penalty
3. Allow immigrants to become President
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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2015, 05:12:23 pm »

1. Ban abortion
2. Balanced budget amendment
3. Line-item veto
4.  Term limits
5. Universal concealed carry
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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2015, 12:35:49 am »

Replace the current voting system with a mixed-member proportional representation system similar to that used to elect the Bundestag.
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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2015, 04:51:37 pm »

An amendment to prohibit all wars outside the event the United States is directly attacked on it's own soil (defined as the 48 Continental states, Alaska, Hawaii and territories) by a foreign nation.
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« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2015, 06:45:09 pm »

1. Make abortion, same-sex marriage, and a guaranteed access to a basic income/home/healthcare plan permanently and irrevocable parts of the constitution, with a clause stating that to contemplate or attempt repealing them will be the equivalent to high treason.
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