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Herman Cain Messes Up The Constitution Yet Again, This Time On The Constitutional Amendments Process

By Ian Millhiser  

"Herman Cain Messes Up The Constitution Yet Again, This Time On The Constitutional Amendments Process"

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Igor Volsky catches pizza mogul and GOP presidential frontrunner Herman Cain pledging to “sign” a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion if he is elected president. There’s a big problem with Cain’s plan to sign this amendment, however, Article V of the Constitution:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Notice who is not mentioned at all in this description of the constitutional amendments process? The president! Even if Cain were to move into the White House, his signature on a proposed amendment wouldn’t matter any more than if Rick Astley signed the amendment.

Sadly, Cain’s weak understanding of how the constitutional amendments process works is hardly an isolated problem. To the contrary, the man seems utterly incapable of reading the Constitution correctly:

Simply put, Cain epitomizes the Republican Party’s overarching attitude towards the Constitution. There’s no need to actually read the thing, just pretend it already does whatever you want it to do.

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