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  •  I would prefer repeal (0+ / 0-)

    but don't think it's a practical solution to focus on. I'd rather figure out what works, and do what we can in the near term.

    "Let's do this!" - Leeroy Jenkins

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:42:33 PM PST

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    •  RE: repeal. The last and only amendment to be (5+ / 0-)

      repealed was Prohibition which had a fairly short run at any rate.  I note some think the amendment on term limits for POTUS should be repealed but amending the Constition is a fairly monumental task (remember the ERA?)

      I am also loathe to try to repeal an amendment with so much case law behind it because there is a chance for unforeseen consequences of such an action.  I am also unwilling to open the hood on the Bill of Rights for fear some of our present "statesmen" may take the opportunity to tinker further with some other provisions they consider to be nuisances.

      I believe, even if it were practical, we are better off as we are now than we would be if we were to begin repealing the Bill of Rights piecemeal  

      •  I'd love to see them bring the ERA back anew, btw. (10+ / 0-)

        Surely the bulk of states that ratified it before would do so again, and even if it didn't pass, it would be another nail in the GOP coffin, since they'd bear the entire brunt of opposing its passage.  Provide yet another thing to keep women voting Dem.

        •  It would be a total restart of the process... (3+ / 0-)

          given the sunset clause in the original amendment, but it would still be worth a shot. While that means we'd need 38 states to ratify it now (I do not hold with the argument that the 35 states that ratified before the original deadline passed would not need to do so again) it's still possible that this could be achieved. Of course, to actually get it ratified would require it to pass the House, which in the current climate is about as likely as an individual being hit by a micro-black hole, but it would certainly cement the GOP as the anti-woman party that we all know and (don't) love. The prospects after 2014 however, if we can take back the House, would be really good.

          Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

          by Stwriley on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:41:32 PM PST

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      •  My issues exactly entlord! (1+ / 0-)
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        And what I'm constantly commenting on. We have been asleep at the switch when it comes to the erosion of our rights. I want people to think hard about letting the current bunch of jokers mess around anymore.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:16:07 PM PST

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      •  Too true... (2+ / 0-)
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        Ahianne, entlord

        after all, we've never bothered to repeal the 3rd Amendment either, even though it's essentially moot at this point. No military officer is going to show up and demand to quarter soldiers in your house and we all pay for a "standing army" that would have made the Founders run screaming for their muskets to disband it (i.e., we pay in a practical, collective sense for things that are expressly forbidden at an individual level) and yet the 3rd stays intact. So the idea that we'll somehow repeal the 2nd Amendment is at best a pipe-dream.

        I'll have to agree as a gun-owning kossack that the vast majority of us are of the "type 2" outlined by the diarist; those who like our guns just fine but know that reasonable restrictions on the 2nd Amendment are the only solution to the madness of the right-wing, anti-government, gun-nut impulse that wants any gun at any time for any person to be the only interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that holds sway.

        Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

        by Stwriley on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:01:24 PM PST

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