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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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  -Thomas Jefferson believed the constitution should be rewritten every 19 years... cynatnite  Sep-28-08 04:13 PM   #0 
  - Sounds good in theory, but in actuality, I think it could be disastrous. nt  gateley   Sep-28-08 04:16 PM   #1 
  - It has been, look at the SCOTUS interpretations in the 1830s, and the outright frauds  greyhound1966   Sep-28-08 04:38 PM   #10 
  - I do think there is some truth of goodness in the idea of rewriting every generation or so.  Rabrrrrrr   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #2 
  - One of the early revised Constitutions would likely have moved us toward a  greyhound1966   Sep-28-08 04:45 PM   #11 
  - I think I prefer the language, "updated" not rewritten. n/t  Cleita   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #3 
  - Jefferson Probably Thought We Would Continue Evolving  lligrd   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #4 
  - I think that's not such a great idea  rockymountaindem   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #5 
  - Does anyone know where he got 19, in particular?  Bill McBlueState   Sep-28-08 04:18 PM   #6 
  - Length of a Generation  RoyGBiv   Sep-28-08 04:55 PM   #13 
  - Maybe he thought it would take a year to debate and formulate changes, so  Cleita   Sep-28-08 05:08 PM   #15 
  - You don't change horses in the middle of a race.  Mika   Sep-28-08 04:22 PM   #7 
  - Jefferson was all over the map on that point over his life n/t  melody   Sep-28-08 04:22 PM   #8 
  - No because we would constantly be see-sawing between ideologies ...  Myrina   Sep-28-08 04:26 PM   #9 
  - I don't agree, necessarily...  Poseidan   Sep-28-08 04:52 PM   #12 
  - Maybe follow the one we got first??????................n/t  galileoreloaded   Sep-28-08 04:57 PM   #14 
  - Rewritten? No, Reviewed, yes. But I think our process of constantly reviewing and revising has  GreenPartyVoter   Sep-28-08 05:33 PM   #16 
  - Our founding fathers are much wiser than many of the politicians today  gravity   Sep-28-08 05:36 PM   #17 
  - Gererational "audits" are absolutely necessary and prudent  SoCalDem   Sep-28-08 05:48 PM   #18 
  - Remember that this was every 19 years when people lived to 35 or so...  nothingtoofear   Sep-28-08 05:58 PM   #19 

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