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To: Publius; Congressman Billybob

A good essay, Publius. Intuitively, it’s rational and logical. I’ve read arguments that the Constitution allows itself to be changed from its original intent, such as the 17th Amendment. Do you think that amendment is Constitutionally valid?


18 posted on 04/25/2007 1:32:25 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: Eastbound; Congressman Billybob
The 17th Amendment is valid, although I have seen at least one FReeper claim that it violates Article V. The states still have equal representation in the Senate even though the senators are elected by the people of the state, not its legislature.

At least that's how I read it.

21 posted on 04/25/2007 2:12:19 PM PDT by Publius (A = A)
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To: Eastbound
An Amendment cannot violate the Constitution because each Amendment, once ratified, becomes as much a part of that document as if it was written in 1787. Read that aspect in Article V itself.

Witness the Prohibition Amendment, and then later, its repeal. The nation could decide that the freedoms of the First Amendment are too much trouble, and repeal that. The genius of the Constitution would die on that day, but that is possible under Article V.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article: "Gun Control, Carolina-Style"

25 posted on 04/25/2007 2:29:06 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please get involved: www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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