Ideas for New Amendments to the Constitution

Ideas for New Amendments to the Constitution

Readers address the E.R.A., the Electoral College, gun rights, abortion, the environment and other issues. Dev Valladares To the Editor: Re “ Will We Ever Amend the Constitution Again? ,” by Jesse Wegman (Opinion essay, Sunday Review, Aug. 8): I’d like to thank Mr. Wegman and the contributors to the companion article, “ It’s Been 50 Years Since America’s Last Real Update to Its Constitution ,” for their discussions of constitutional reform issues and proposals. Large-scale reforms are urgently needed but, to be adequate to our democracy’s needs, reforms must extend beyond the proposals discussed to the basic structure of the Constitution and its institutions. As an example of the breadth required, readers might like to know that a group of leading constitutional scholars led by Sanford Levinson has recently engaged in extensive deliberations and in June published an entirely new constitution, the text of which can be found at democracyjournal.org/magazine/61/a-new-constitution-for-the-united-states . It is beyond doubt that achieving meaningful reforms will require holding a new constitutional convention, and common fears of such a convention on both the political left and right are misplaced. George William Van Cleve Denver The writer is a dean’s visiting scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. To the Editor: Contrary to Jesse Wegman, constitutional stability is a virtue, not a vice. James Madison, father of the Constitution, who rejected Thomas Jefferson’s rash idea of a new constitution every 19 years , denounced mutability of the laws in Federalist 62. Among other things, he explained: “Great […]

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