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“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
― Patrick Henry
Over at the New York Times Room for Debate feature, the topic is: If
the U.S. Constitution were being written today, what would you omit,
add or clarify? My own contribution is
to end Congress's monopoly on proposing constitutional amendments by
fixing the convention method of amending the Constitution. It currently
does not work, because state legislatures fear a runaway convention. I
wrote about this issue at the Liberty Law Forum, which also included a couple of responses.
The Room for Debate topic included a variety of interesting answers. One was by Randy Barnett,
who proposed to amend Congress's Commerce Clause authority so that it
"shall not be construed to include the power to regulate or prohibit any
activity that is confined within a single state regardless of its
effects outside the state." This is definitely a good start, but I
would want to add some checks on Congress using other powers (such as
the Taxing Power and the Power to Enforce the Law of Nations).
Jamal Greene also proposed 18 year term limits for Supreme Court Justices, which I also support.