Ech sinn am Gaangen mech op d’Virliesung an de Seminar iwwert d’amerikanesch Politik virzebereeden. Et geet dës Woch em d’US Constitution. Wat bei folgende Sätz zimlech langweileg ass:

The first important amendment […] was the twelfth, adopted in 1804 to simplify the election of the Electoral College, which in turn elects the president. […] In 1800 the vote in the College was a tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. […] The Twelfth Amendment ensured that any election in which a candidate received less than a majority of the Electoral College would then be decided in a run-off election in the House of Representatives. Votes for president and vice president were combined. Previously the College had elected the two officers separately. Gradually between 1800 and 1832 the state legislatures voted to provide for the direct popular election of members of the Electoral College. Surprisingly, this system persists. Americans still do not vote directly for a presidental candidate, but for members of the College. […]

[…] In one sense, changes in electoral qualifications were to be expected as the democratizing trends of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries took hold. Given this, it would also be unsurprising if the Constitution had been frequently amended to expand the powers of the federal government. Yet […] only three amendments have had this purpose, the thirteenth, to assert federal power over those states practising slavery, the fourteenth, imposing the Bill of Rights on the states and the sixteenth, establishing the power to introduce a national income tax. And of these three, the Fourteenth Amendment was not, in fact, applied to the states until the twentieth century.
Evidence of just how difficult it is to ratify an amendment is provided by the experience of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This amendment, which reads ‘Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex’, has, in fact, been before Congress since 1923. In 1972 Congress voted for the amendment by large majorities and within a year 25 states had voted for it.

Mee villäicht fannen ech jo nach e Buch wat eppes Neits zielt, wann net esou hunn ech nach emmer d’Tea Party 😀

Aw c’mon! First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

De First Amendment kann dach all Mensch auwendeg obsoen. Ech hunn en jo souguer doheem schéin iwwert mengem Bett hänken. Come on, Christine! <_<

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Een 20-something, dee sech gedanklech a physesch an der transatlantescher Welt ronderëm beweegt.

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