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Poseidan Donating Member (630 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 04:52 PM
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12. I don't agree, necessarily...
Re-drafting Constitutions could mean losing lessons learned through history. Instead of re-drafting new Constitutions, there could be an accompanying document of history, detailing the events leading to each part of the Constitution. How else can we properly determine intent? Words are of equal importance to intent. The meaning of words can change... ideas can be distorted. A second document, of legal history, tied directly to the Constitution, would likely do more good than perpetually re-drafting Constitution's, which may result in re-learning forgotten lessons, at great cost.

At the period of 19 years, lessons should not be lost easily, and should be incorporated into each new Constitution along with lessons learned during the 19 year-period. The reality would likely be, most of the existing Constitution would simply carry over to the new. If there was something like the amendment system, requiring 2/3rds of congressional support to stop or alter carry-over, a regular re-drafting could function better than our current, dead-Constitution system.
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