Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"We the People"

I must add one more great article from today:
‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World
A great article about how the US Constitution is becoming less and less a model that other nations look to when drafting or amending their own. I also learned from it that it's a common practice to completely change or redraft a Constitution ever 19 years - so why has America's yet to be overhauled? The article also goes on to say that our Constitution is one of the most difficult to amend - not surprised there!

Some great quotes:
"The rights guaranteed by the American Constitution are parsimonious by international standards, and they are frozen in amber. As Sanford Levinson wrote in 2006 in “Our Undemocratic Constitution,” “the U.S. Constitution is the most difficult to amend of any constitution currently existing in the world today.” (Yugoslavia used to hold that title, but Yugoslavia did not work out.)"

"It has its idiosyncrasies. Only 2 percent of the world’s constitutions protect, as the Second Amendment does, a right to bear arms."

“America is in danger, I think, of becoming something of a legal backwater,” Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia said in a 2001 interview.

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