We the people sure have a lot to say about our constitution. Under this important text we are guaranteed certain rights, and no one should ever undermine what our founding fathers wanted for this country.
Well, except of course for amendments 11-27 which were all added after 1791. Two of which counter each other out. The 18th establishing the prohibition of alcohol, and the 21st repealing the 18th. Oh, we also passed the 27th in 1971 which has to do with congressional salaries and seems to have no place in the same document boasting freedom of speech (1st) and the elimination of unreasonable search and seizures (4th).
Obviously the 13th was a very important and controversial amendment, the abolishment of slavery, and the 19th gave women the right to vote. Boy were there some angry old white men!
So, we have made changes to the constitution, which establishes the precedent that maybe our founding fathers could not predict the future. Weird.
With gun rights, gay marriage, torture, illegal immigration and other hot button issues currently swirling around our social atmosphere, there seems to be a chance that our constitution will be amended once again. With this is mind I wanted to find out what other amendments had been written, and how far they had gone.
There have been 6 amendments that have been passed by congress but were never ratified by the appropriate amount of state legislatures. 2 of these have expired, and 4 are still active. Essentially meaning they could be brought back to vote.
One of these is called the “Corwin Amendment”, known as the “preservation of slavery amendment”. Yes, this is still active.
It was proposed in 1861 and it was written to keep congress from interfering or abolishing the “domestic institutions” of the states. Meaning each state would have the right to vote on whether or not slavery is acceptable. Seeing as how Wilcox County Georgia just had their first integrated prom, in 2013, it seems possible that some states would vote for this time warp back to a horrible period of our country’s history.
Because the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, the Corwin Amendment became a back burner issue. However, it was written without a timeline, so it will never expire, and since congress passed it, theoretically, it could still be ratified.
The other 3 are far less interesting, but all 4 of these amendments have been around for over 80 years. I guess congress has always sucked.