The Problem with “The Whole Constitution Pledge” is that it ignores Article V

September 14th, 2011

The Constitutional Accountability Center–liberal progressives, led by Doug Kendall–has put out a new pledge that asks people to follow the entire Constitution, and not move to repeal any amendmetns:

Building on the achievements of the Founding generation, successive generations of Americans have created a “more perfect union” through constitutional Amendments. These Amendments have improved our Constitution by ending slavery, enshrining guarantees of equality and citizenship, expanding the right to vote, and ensuring that the national government has the power and resources necessary to protect the nation, address national challenges and secure civil rights.

Some have advocated repeal of Amendments, including the 14th Amendment, the 16th Amendment, and the 17th Amendment, that make our Constitution better and this country great. Some have even failed to heed the lessons of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement and have advocated a return to ideas of secession and nullification.

I believe that our Constitution has been improved by the Amendments adopted over the last 220 years. I pledge to support the whole Constitution.

What about Article V? Is that not in the Constitution? The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment? Would Doug Kendall of the early 20th Century have said that prohibition should never be repealed?

I had this same discussion with Kendall a few months ago, and his answer was lame. Anyway, support the entire Constitution, including Article V which allows you to change the entire Constitution.