Constitutional Amendment
31 October, 2013
Constitutional Amendment
Randal Howard “Rand” Paul is a Republican senator from Kentucky of the United States. He has written that Washington politicians are unbelievably arrogant, think of themselves as the center of the universe while simultaneously thinking they should be above the laws they create for the rest of the country. Because he thinks that Congress has given the American people many examples of unjust law, he is quoting Martin Luther King Jr. who said that a law is unjust if a
group compels it on others without making it binding to itself. I am far from quoting any of the laws (No room in one regular newspaper article!), passed by the Georgian legislature of various elections in the last quarter of a century but if we had a chance to analyze the details of those laws, Martin Luther King’s words might have been absolutely descriptive of our legislation.
Senator Paul has recently introduced a constitutional amendment stating: “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.” This amendment also contains two provisions that apply that same principle to the executive branch and judicial branch of the federal government. Under this amendment, Congress, federal judges and even the White House will no longer be able to exempt themselves from the laws they create, uphold or sign – as they all regularly do now in a plethora of ways. I ardently wish the same exactly amendment be made to the Georgian constitution. What powerful protection of our people could this have been! And not only that! I would start rectifying our politics from trying to make wise and useful laws so that Georgia would not suffer the inconsistency and irrelevance of myriad laws made.
Obviously, amending the Constitution is no small task, continues the Senator. It requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate and must be ratified by at least 38 states. However, which politician will now publicly say he truly thinks Washington should be exempt from the laws it makes for the rest of the people? What possible excuse will members of either party come up with for not supporting this amendment? How arrogant will they dare to be? – is rhetorically asking Rand Paul. He comments that his constitutional amendment proposal is but one reform among much American federal government desperately needs. This is exactly the attitude I want to see and hear in the Georgian parliament. Not wasting time, we should go through all our legislation and eradicate every unwanted or badly working article that might possibly be sitting deep in the texts – both old and new – of our functioning laws.
Senator Paul has also proposed a ‘Read the Bills’ resolution that would forbid voting on legislation until each bill is posted online and the Senate has been in session for at least one day for each 20 pages. If a bill is 40 pages, this means it couldn’t be voted on until at least two session days had passed. It makes perfect sense to give lawmakers adequate time to understand the legislation they are voting on. Isn’t this wonderful?
In his three years in Washington, Rand Paul says he has seen what kind of damage it does to even lawmakers with the best of intentions. Imagine what it does to those who’ve been in Congress for decades. Lawmakers are not above the law. They should have to read the bills they pass. They should not be in government forever. All of them should be subject to the laws they expect the rest of us to obey and endure. Anything less than that would be hypocritical and immoral. Welcome to Washington, concludes the Senator. Welcome to Tbilisi, I dare to repeat.
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