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  •  27 amendments is quite a lot (none)
    especially when you consider 12 of them were ratified in the 20th century.

    starting with the one that made direct popular vote for senators part of the constitution!

    starting the 21st century w/1 doing the same for the presidency is obviously called 4.

    •  where your direct elect argument breaks down (none)
      First of all the bill of rights was added to the constitution before it was ratified. So we're really talking about 17.

      The amendment allowing for the direct election of senators is consistant with states choosing them. Your call for a direct election takes away the authority given to the states.

      "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."- Benjamin Franklin

      by bluestateLIBertarian on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 11:28:56 AM PST

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      •  yr obviously no lawyer (none)
        and since ewe've got this obsession w/numbers, the 20th century saw 12 amendments ratified over a period of approx. 80 years.

        that's one amendment every 6-7 years on average.

        yr math is as bad as yr history.

        and the whole point of an amendment is changing what's allowed under the constitution, so yr pointless "take away authority given to the states" makes no sense.  the framers meant to have it changed to suit changing times.

        but hey, u think political parties started up in the 1830s and none of the founders would dirty their hands w/them.

        In a democracy, the people generally get the government they deserve - tant pis.

        by JJB on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 12:36:18 PM PST

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        •  My Wife Had An Errand To Run (none)
          And asked me to post that for her.

          In a democracy, the people generally get the government they deserve - tant pis.

          by JJB on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 12:37:30 PM PST

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