(Source: Washington Post)
What if we selected the president by lottery?
Or changed the name of the country to the United States of the World?
Or limited how wealthy a person could be?
How about if we outlawed drunkenness, prohibited divorce, or forbade duelists from holding public office.
What say we?
Only 27 have been ratified.
This week the National Archives marks the 225th anniversary of the Constitution’s first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, with a new exhibit, “Amending America,” which opens Friday at the archives building in Washington.
Starting with the Bill of Rights, ratified by the states in 1791, the exhibit is a walk through the history of constitutional tinkering — things proposed, rejected and approved.
It includes 36 documents that have never been displayed before.
The Constitution, in Article 5, allows itself to be changed, said Christine Blackerby, a specialist with the National Archives’ Center for Legislative Archives.
“What it says is that two-thirds of both houses of Congress have to pass a proposed amendment,” she said during a preview of the exhibit Tuesday. “Step two is that proposed amendment by Congress is sent out to the states and three-quarters of the states have to ratify it.”
and also the associated article: [Founding father’s papers now online]