Thursday, August 5, 2021
New York Times, We The People:
It’s been 50 years since America’s last real update to its Constitution. We asked seven writers and legal scholars what they think needs amending next. These essays are part of a series exploring bold ideas to revitalize and renew the American experiment.
- Kate Andrias (Columbia), All workers shall have the right to form and join labor unions.
- Deborah Archer (NYU; President, ACLU), Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
- Cindy Cohn (Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation), The right of the people to have privacy and be secure against searches and seizures of their persons, houses, papers and effects, including their data and metadata.
- Alexandra DeSanctis (National Review), The word ‘person’ shall apply to all human life — born or unborn.
- Barry McDonald (Pepperdine), The Supreme Court shall be expanded and its powers limited.
- Samuel Moyn (Yale), International law shall be part of American law.
- David Schleicher (Yale), No state or city shall restrict people’s movement.
New York Times, Thomas Jefferson Gave the Constitution 19 Years. Look Where We Are Now.:
The 26th Amendment to the Constitution took effect 50 years ago this summer, extending the right to vote to all Americans age 18 and older. It was the fourth amendment in the span of a decade, three of which expanded voting rights — a burst of democratic reform nearly unequaled in the nation’s history.
It was also the last meaningful change to the Constitution. And based on the country’s increasingly polarized politics, it is likely to remain the last for anyone alive today. ...
There is one other avenue for reform laid out in Article V of the Constitution: a new convention, which can be triggered by the agreement of two-thirds of the states and which allows a direct vote on amendments, without needing to go through Congress. ...