Category Archives: 26th Amendment
In the early 1970’s, Congress passed an amendment to the Voting rights act to stop States from limiting who could vote based solely upon their age, specifically for those who were old enough to fight in Vietnam, but not old enough to vote for the leaders who were sending them to Southeast Asia.
Many people objected based on the same old ideas that young people have never been more sawcie and saucie. President Nixon was concerned that the amendment would not pass Constitutional muster, and that might endanger the entirety of the Voting Rights Act. He signed it, but he wasn’t totally onboard with it. Read the rest of this entry
It happened again this past week. A person took great pains to explain to me (and anybody who would listen) that the Constitution is flawed because, as they put it:
“Time for a brief American History lesson: Our government was set up by privileged landowners. Many of them were also slave owners. When they said “all men are created equal” they were not thinking about anyone other than people like themselves.”
It’s sad to think that so many Americans today have both fallen for this line of revisionist history AND continue to repeat it to anyone who will listen. Moreover, what does it say about the systems we have in place to educate our Citizens about the Constitution? Not just the schools, but even after that? Our Framers intended for the adult population to be active and involved in study and in insuring that the Government adhered to the Constitution. Read the rest of this entry