The Liberty Amendments

Author: Mark R. Levin

Whether or not you agree with the ideas put forth in “The Liberty Amendments” by Mark R. Levin, the idea of amending the U.S. Constitution is a thought worth debating.. To that end, he proposes 10 new amendments designed to improve our government and political system.

After reading the book, I spend a few moments googling the constitution and  the amendments thereto.  Beyond the original ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights, the constitution has been amended 17 additional times, the last of which was in 1992.  While each amendment is unique and undoubtedly has its own story to tell, in each case I believe the process associated therewith would prove equally fascinating.

As a student of process, “The Liberty Amendments” caused me to wonder why we do not have a more frequent and vigorous public debate concerning whether or not the constitution needs to be amended.  To that end, I came away thinking that we should consider creating a standing body in which each state has representation, the sole function of which would be to annually consider and debate proposed constitutional amendments.  It might not produce the next reality TV hit program, but it might help stimulate solution sets.

Mr. Levin’s book would serve as a good starting point for that discussion.  Although he clearly brings a right leaning perspective to the topic, he provides an educational perspective that alone makes the book worth reading.

In Illinois, where I spent most of my adult life, the voters have rejected holding a constitutional convention to reconsider a document adopted in 1970.  If nothing else, the topic of pensions would be of critical importance.  What harm could come from at least engaging in the debate?

As stated above, whether or not you agree with the amendments that Mr. Levin is proposes, his book challenges the reader to consider using the constitutional amendment process to deal with many of the problems with today’s politics and government.

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