Monday, March 29, 2010

Amendment XXIII

Ratification map for Amendment XXIII to Constitution of the United StatesA year short of four decades ago today, Amendment XXIII to the Constitution of the United States was ratified.

The amendment runs counter to the concept of those United States as a federal union of states by succumbing to the concept of “everyone having a say.” So the federal capital with its federal bureaucracy must have a say too – instead of purely being at the service of the states. Now, it can of course be argued that the federal bureaucracy has long since fermented outside the borders of the federal capital. However, those United States would do wisely to return to a purer form of the concept of a federal union of states.

You may notice that it was largely the former Confederacy that did not ratify the amendment.

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