Monday, November 17, 2008

Fourteen words

From the LA times:

"Liberty Counsel, which has fought same-sex marriage, also filed papers with the California Supreme Court today and urged the court to reject the lawsuits. The Christian legal group said the court should protect the democratic process.

"The people of California have spoken by affirming traditional marriage, " said Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. "It is time to move on. Fourteen words that reaffirm the historic and common sense definition of marriage are not a radical revision to the Constitution."

So, if you only use a few words, it's not a major revision to the Constitution? I wonder how many "minor" revisions I can make with just 14 words?

Citizens are free to drive at any speed on any road at any time. (14 words)

All property within California is now owned by the state. Private ownership is abolished. (14 words)

Non-white people are not fully human and have no more rights than animals. (14 words)

California is a free and independent nation no longer part of the United States. (14 words)

Seems there's a lot we can accomplish with "minor" amendments, like like creating a free for all on the roadways, abolishing property rights, secession form the Union, and clearing the way for slavery. All very minor changes to the Constitution, really. Affirmations of traditional values. Common sense.

For 15 words, you can say this:

The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Minor, really.