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Massachusetts Liberal

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Some other Constitutional changes

Here's a suggestion for "conservative" Republicans who think changing the 14th Amendment is a legitimate idea to deny citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants.

From there, we can strip the 4th Amendment of protections against illegal searches and seizures in your home or the 5th Amendment protections against self-incrimination. And while we're at it, maybe we can eliminate the words in the 1st Amendment that prevents Congress from establishing a national religion.

There's nothing conservative about any of these proposed changes to the Constitution, each one as plausible as the tinkering with the 14th being bandied about about party "leaders." Pandering to the undirected rage they have ginned up isn't leadership. It's a shameless and shameful hunt for votes in the Arpege model of promising them anything.

So in the "what's good for the goose is good for the gander" spirit, let me offer my own change: Let's tidy up the 2nd Amendment so it's clear that only "well regulated militias" have the right to keep and bear arms.

Changing the Constitution is too serious a business to be the focus of idle Sunday morning yak show blather.

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