Amendments that never made it into the U.S. Constitution.

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22 Oct 2021, 10:53 am

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most famous documents in the world, and a living piece of history after being created more than 200 years ago.  It was written in 1787 and ratified the next year.  Only 27 changes have officially been made, but there have been more than 10,000 proposed over the decades.  Varying from marriage to personal wealth, a list of some of the most ludicrous propositions is listed below.

1876: An attempt to abolish the United States Senate.

1876: The forbidding of religious leaders from occupying a governmental office or receiving federal funding.

1878: An Executive Council of Three should replace the office of President.

1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth."

1893: Abolishing the United States Army and Navy.

1894: Acknowledging that the Constitution recognizes God and Jesus Christ as the supreme authorities in human affairs.

1912: Making marriage between races illegal.

1914: Filing for divorce to be illegal.

1916: All acts of war should be put to a national vote. Anyone voting yes had to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.

1933: An attempt to limit personal wealth to $1 million.

1936: An attempt to allow the American people to vote on whether or not the United States should go to war.

1938: The forbidding of drunkenness in the United States and all of its territories.

1947: The income tax maximum for an individual should not exceed 25 percent.

1948: The right of citizens to segregate themselves from others.

1971: American citizens should have the alienable right to an environment free of pollution.

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22 Oct 2021, 10:59 am

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1916: All acts of war should be put to a national vote. Anyone voting yes had to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.


I can get behind this. 8)


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22 Oct 2021, 11:00 am

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1916: All acts of war should be put to a national vote. Anyone voting yes had to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.
I can get behind this.
It makes sense to me, too.



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24 Oct 2021, 2:09 pm

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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth." :lol:

1893: Abolishing the United States Army and Navy. :?

1894: Acknowledging that the Constitution recognizes God and Jesus Christ as the supreme authorities in human affairs.

1936: An attempt to allow the American people to vote on whether or not the United States should go to war.

1971: American citizens should have the alienable right to an environment free of pollution.

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I would have supported these, but except for the first two.


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24 Oct 2021, 2:49 pm

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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth." :lol:

1893: Abolishing the United States Army and Navy. :?

1894: Acknowledging that the Constitution recognizes God and Jesus Christ as the supreme authorities in human affairs.

1936: An attempt to allow the American people to vote on whether or not the United States should go to war.

1971: American citizens should have the alienable right to an environment free of pollution.

Source:
 This Newsweek Article 


I would have supported these, but except for the first two.


That italicized one would make the USA a theocracy. 8O


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24 Oct 2021, 4:14 pm

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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth." :lol:

1893: Abolishing the United States Army and Navy. :?

1894: Acknowledging that the Constitution recognizes God and Jesus Christ as the supreme authorities in human affairs.

1936: An attempt to allow the American people to vote on whether or not the United States should go to war.

1971: American citizens should have the alienable right to an environment free of pollution.

Source:
 This Newsweek Article 


I would have supported these, but except for the first two.


That italicized one would make the USA a theocracy. 8O


Well...you could enact both number two, AND number six. Demand that the constitution recognize and God and Jesus as authority, while at the same time forbidding any clergyman from holding office. Would kinda cancel things out! :D



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24 Oct 2021, 4:19 pm

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1971: American citizens should have the alienable right to an environment free of pollution.

Am I alone in thinking that the oil companies indirectly played a role in this one getting blocked?


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24 Oct 2021, 4:46 pm

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funeralxempire wrote:
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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth." :lol:

1893: Abolishing the United States Army and Navy. :?

1894: Acknowledging that the Constitution recognizes God and Jesus Christ as the supreme authorities in human affairs.

1936: An attempt to allow the American people to vote on whether or not the United States should go to war.

1971: American citizens should have the alienable right to an environment free of pollution.

Source:
 This Newsweek Article 


I would have supported these, but except for the first two.


That italicized one would make the USA a theocracy. 8O


Well...you could enact both number two, AND number six. Demand that the constitution recognize and God and Jesus as authority, while at the same time forbidding any clergyman from holding office. Would kinda cancel things out! :D


It would just make it a theocracy by the laity instead of a clerical theocracy.


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25 Oct 2021, 10:50 am

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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth."
My favorite! :lmao:


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25 Oct 2021, 11:09 am

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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth."
My favorite!
In 1893, U.S. House Representative Lucas Miller from Wisconsin proposed renaming the United States as "the United States of the Earth".  His reasoning was, ''it is possible for the Republic to grow through the admission of new States into the Union until every Nation on Earth has become part of it".  After proposing the amendment, Miller was not nominated for a second term in the House.



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25 Oct 2021, 11:11 am

Fnord wrote:
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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth."
My favorite!
In 1893, U.S. House Representative Lucas Miller from Wisconsin proposed renaming the United States as "the United States of the Earth".  His reasoning was, ''it is possible for the Republic to grow through the admission of new States into the Union until every Nation on Earth has become part of it".  After proposing the amendment, Miller was not nominated for a second term in the House.

Americans thinking they're all the world apparently have a long tradition.


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magz wrote:
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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth."
My favorite!
In 1893, U.S. House Representative Lucas Miller from Wisconsin proposed renaming the United States as "the United States of the Earth".  His reasoning was, ''it is possible for the Republic to grow through the admission of new States into the Union until every Nation on Earth has become part of it".  After proposing the amendment, Miller was not nominated for a second term in the House.

Americans thinking they're all the world apparently have a long tradition.


Manifest Destiny. :mrgreen:


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magz wrote:
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magz wrote:
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1893: Renaming this nation the "United States of the Earth."
My favorite!
In 1893, U.S. House Representative Lucas Miller from Wisconsin proposed renaming the United States as "the United States of the Earth".  His reasoning was, ''it is possible for the Republic to grow through the admission of new States into the Union until every Nation on Earth has become part of it".  After proposing the amendment, Miller was not nominated for a second term in the House.
Americans thinking they're all the world apparently have a long tradition.
It has been a characteristic of just about every country wherein the government felt that they not only had the right to conquer other nations, but the privilege to do so, as well.  Take the War of Unification of Upper and Lower Egypt in 3100 BC, for example...