YES - anything in the Constitution is subject to the Amendment process.
NO - you cannot amend anything which changes any provision in the Bill of Rights
Of course the Bill of Rights can be amended. Why would it be any different from any other part of the constitution? Parts of it should be amended. The fourth amendment in particular needs a lot of strengthening. The third is rather useless. It's a cure for a problem that basically never happens. I would definitely like the second amendment edited into more clear language. If the whole point of it is personal protection, then why bother having the regulated militia bit? That part, like the third, are relics left from the 1790s that have little bearing on our existence today. And if the militias ARE the central right of the second amendment, that needs to be made much more clear. I'd also like the first amendment to define exactly what "the press" is, including exactly what they do, who they are, and to whom do they answer, and offer those protections based on modern society, not on 230 year old societies, where a blogger or a site like this is arguably more important than the drivel on TV news. And we should extend the first amendment beyond protecting mere religion, but likewise protecting schools of thought that aren't based gods or myths or angels or whatever. The First amendment should be amended to include the freedom to have no religion and be just as protected. There are many issues within the constitution that could stand some revision.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
As of now, I don't think there is a single amendment that han't been modified, overridden or in other ways changed from the original simple language. They couldn't even pass the ERA so the chances of an unpopular mega-shift are pretty low.
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
rights are unalienable ...........if the could be amended or repealed, then they would not be unalienable.
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
who are the clauses which makeup the bill of rights, established 2 years after the constitution declaratory and restrictive too?...the federal government!
also read the American founding fathers who state....they cannot be amended or repealed.
"[You have Rights] antecedent to all earthly governments:
Rights, that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws;
Rights, derived from the Great Legislator of the universe."
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
by : Thomas Jefferson
Anti-Democracy advocate, Mixed government is the only good government
THE second point to be examined is, whether the [constitutional ]convention were authorized to frame and propose this mixed Constitution.
As I recall, one of the great arguments over the Constitution was whether the "Bill of Rights" would be part of the main body or would be added after the fact as amendments. I find the final choice an interesting fact in this discussion, don't you?
Mt. Rushmore: Three surveyors and some other guy.
Life goes on within you and without you. -Harrison
Hear the echoes of the centuries, Power isn't all that money buys. -Peart
After you learn quantum mechanics you're never really the same again. -Weinberg
The idea of amending and clarifying the 2nd Amendment isn't the worst idea in the world.
"All legal permanent residents of the United States may keep and carry firearms subject to reasonable regulations protecting the safety and welfare of the general public".
See how easy that was?
One could easily decide now that having a place to live is unalienable, BUT that's not in OUR Constitution.