Not necessarily. It’s proven that it can be done in just a few months—and this is the perfect year to accomplish it when you have all the candidates on the hot seat. Here are some of the key facts you should be aware of.
1. The Power of Amendments – Almost all of the rights people associate with a modern democracy are contained in the Amendments to the Constitution—not in the original Constitution itself.
2. Typical Time Between Amendments – The U.S. Constitution has been amended once every 8 years on average.
3. Time Since the Last Two Amendments – The last two amendments were 20 and 41 years ago. (27th Amendment in 1992; 26th Amendment in 1971)
4. The Average Time It Takes – 96% of the Amendments were ratified in 1.7 years on average. (26 of 27)
5. The Time It Took the 27th Amendment – It took less than three and a half months to ratify the 27th Amendment in 1971 allowing 18-20 year olds to vote.
6. The Length of an Amendment – 85% of the Amendments averaged 57 words each. (23 of 27)
7. Length of the Most Powerful Amendments – Many of the most powerful rights in the Amendments are only 9 to 20 words long. (Freedom of Religion – 16 words; Freedom of Speech – 9 words; Freedom of the Press – 11 words; Freedom of Assembly – 14 words; Freedom to Petition the Government – 20 words.)
8. Source of Amendments – Every proposed amendment to date has come by way of Congress. No proposed amendment has ever been submitted by The People themselves by a way of an Article V (Peoples) Convention.
9. Who May Draft a Proposed Amendment – Anyone may draft a proposed amendment to the constitution. The 26th Amendment in 1992 was accomplished almost single handedly by a student at the University of Texas just to prove to his professor that he could actually do it.
10. The Coercive Effect on Congress – At least four Amendments were finally proposed by Congress at least partly in response to the threat of The People passing the proposal themselves beginning with an Article V (People’s) Convention. (the 17th, 21st, 22nd and 25th)
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