Kris Smith: Changes to constitution not always a good idea

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Changes to constitution not always a good idea

I have been contemplating the sample ballot that I received for the upcoming election. I was fascinated by the number of Constitutional amendments on the ballot.

I wonder if we as an electorate have begun to take for granted the importance and the primacy of our state and national constitutions.

The constitutions were written as the documents that outline the very fundamentals of American government and American identity.

They are not documents to be taken lightly or used carelessly. In fact, they are the stuff of which this nation was built.

When our elected officials take office, they swear an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Could it be that it may be time that we, the citizenry, need to take that oath too? Perhaps we need to rethink our viewpoint on the Constitution.

The national Constitution and the state constitutions are not documents to be trivialized by a multitude of amendments.

As I read this ballot, I was surprised that I felt that every one of the proposed amendments could be considered and decided by legislation. If necessary, legislation could be taken to our courts for evaluation.

Sometimes it sounds good to us to say that we want to amend the constitution, but that would to amend the very form of our government.

Perhaps we need to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution" from ourselves.

Kris Smith

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