By Kristy McCaffrey
Today is Election Day. I hope you’re getting out there and voting.
Did you know that this December commemorates the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights? The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments of the Constitution. They were proposed following the 1787-88 battle over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and were accepted on December 15, 1791.
Since that time more than 11,000 amendments have been proposed, but only 27 total have been ratified by the states and added to the Constitution. Here are a few that didn’t make the cut.
In 1878, it was proposed that an executive council of 3 would replace the president.
In 1893, an amendment was submitted that would make the United States an imperial power. If it had been ratified, children today would be saying, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of Earth.”
In 1914, it was proposed that ending a marriage would be illegal. So, divorce would’ve led to jail time. No doubt some spouses would’ve taken that risk.
In 1933, it was submitted that no one could possess more than one million dollars in personal wealth.
Thankfully, in order to add an amendment, it must be both proposed and ratified before becoming operative, a process that was designed to strike a balance between constant change and rigidity.
On May 5, 1992, the 27th—and last—amendment was ratified. It delays laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until after the next election of representatives. It took nearly 203 years for this amendment to be added to the Constitution.
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