Throughout the semester you will be expected to participate in course blogs. You will post your responses to prompts and reply to other students’ posts. This forum is meant to provide you a venue for reflecting on course concepts, sharing your own examples of the concepts, and engaging in discussion with your fellow students.
Your analytical posts should be at least 2 paragraphs long and substantially targeted to address the central topic/theme of the blog. In your posts, you should use examples and citations to support your arguments. I strongly encourage you to make the posts lively and engaging. We want this to be fun for everyone to read. However, be mindful that your posts should be clearly written and detailed.
In addition to your own posts on the subject, it is expected that you will be writing responses to the posts from your classmates. You should regularly read and respond to this blog.
Grades for the blog will be assigned using the rubric attached to the blog. I strongly encourage you to review this rubric before starting the assignment.
After the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election there was an outcry by some individuals seeking to abolish the Electoral College. However, such an effort requires amending the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, Senator Boxer (California) proposed such an amendment in the US Senate on November 15th. Unsurprisingly, this particular proposed Amendment didn’t make it very far. There have been over 11,000 proposed amendments since the ratification of the Constitution, but only 27 have been ratified.
Constitutionally, there are two pathways for amending the Constitution. Read through the infographic below to see the process in detail.
Amending the Constitution: process of both houses adopting with a two thirds vote or at a convention be a proposed amendment. Then, three fourths of states must ratify or ratifying conventions in three fourths of states must ratify. The ratifying convention has only been used for the twenty first amendment. Every time, except two, since 1917 Congress limited time states have to ratify amendment. 33 amendments have been adopted by both houses and sent to states for ratification since 1789. Only 27 of those have been ratified by the necessary number of states and are valid parts of the Constitution” style=
Review Larry Sabato’s list of amendments the he thinks should be adopted (he has 23 of them.)
For this week’s blog posting, I want you to propose a constitutional amendment. As you tackle this task, make sure you address the following items:
Clearly state the amendment you want to adopt.
Explain why there is a need for the proposed amendment.
Have there been previous attempts to create an amendment of this topic previously? If so, when and why did it fail?
Which of the two possible pathways for amending the Constitution would you try to take to get your amendment ratified?
Are there any groups out there currently promoting the amendment idea that you are proposing? If so, who are they?
How likely is it that your amendment will be added to the Constitution in the next decade?