It’s Called an “Amendment”

Judging from the comments we got on our post “Christian Band Causes Stir on Campus at UTM“, it appears that many of the commentators slept through high school civics class. So I guess we are going to have to fill in where the liberal school system failed.

Let me quote one of these “highly educated” commentators:
“Steve, you seem to have a very narrow interpretation of the Constitution. You do realize that one of the provisions in the Constitution is that it should be a living document which can constantly be updated through not only the amendment process but through the interpretation of the courts?”


That is NOT what the framers of the Constitution wanted when they developed the concept of “separation of power”. There is only ONE way to change the Constitution. It is called the “Amendment”. Here’s how it works:

Both houses of Congress, to approve by two-thirds votes, a resolution calling for the amendment. The resolution does not require the president’s signature. To become effective, the proposed amendment must then be “ratified” or approved by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states.


The legislatures of two-thirds of the states vote to call for a convention at which constitutional amendments can be proposed. Amendments proposed by the convention would again require ratification by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states.

All other “methods” are cases of Judicial Activism, allowing one branch (the judiciary) more power then the other two branches (legislative and executive), thus negating the separation of power our Constitutional framers intended to balance our government.

Also see my article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?

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