Politics is an unusual profession which was never met to exist. The Founding Fathers saw political service as something people did for a term or two before returning to whatever profession they had left when they went into office.
However, we do have career politicians. These elected officials struggle with truth to remain in office. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying politicians are all liars and cheats. What I am saying is career politicians have an ability to skew truths to meet their need to be re-elected.
Here is an example: Republican (and I am not accusing Republicans only) politicians, along with conservative media outlets, have been telling us that electing Democrats will be the end of The Second Amendment. No matter where you stand on the gun safety debate you must begin with the truth of the matter concerning The Second Amendment, or any Amendment. If you allow the political speak of career politicians to sway you without doing your research, you cannot vote intelligently. If you do not sift through the political speak bombarding us incessantly you will debate without the facts.
Here is the truth. No one person or political party can ‘take away’ an amendment. If a Quaker were elected President she would not be able to take away The Second Amendment. It cannot happen.
Here is how the two-part amendment process works as stated in Article 5 of our constitution.
Step 1: Two-thirds of both houses of Congress pass a proposed constitutional amendment. This sends the proposed amendment to the states for ratification.
Step 2: Three-fourths of the states (38 states) ratify the proposed amendment, either by their legislatures or special ratifying conventions.
Notice that the President is absent from the process of amending the constitution entirely. No President can undo any amendment, ever! That is the truth. Really!
Only one time in our history has an amendment be removed. The 21st Amendment undid the 18th Amendment which banded the sale and manufacturing of alcohol.Here is a photo of three of the pastors in our family enjoying the ‘fruits’ of the 21st Amendment.
The Constitution has only been amended 27 times since the original document was signed. The truth is no one or no political party is going to take away any amendment. The process of amending the Constitution is difficult enough to make it impossible for a minority of people to change it. But, the amending process is easy enough for a super majority of the population to change the document.
Career politicians will say what they must to get re-elected. Do not take what they say at face value. Do some research. Find the facts. Don’t simply listen to your niece or nephew. Know the truth. Be knowledgeable.
See you next time.