Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
~~Thomas Paine in Common Sense
A piece in the New York Times caught our attention. In ” ‘We the People’ loses appeal with people around the world,” author Liptak references Stanford Levinson’s book, Our Undemocratic Constitution. In it the author wrote that “the U.S. Constitution is the most difficult to amend of any constitution currently existing in the world today.”
As we struggle in the coming years to undo the corporate state that the United Corporate States of America has become, that is something to keep in mind. It took 40 years to overturn the SCOTUS decision Minor v. Happersett with the 19th Amendment that granted women in the United States the right to vote. It is also important to remember that 16 more Republican Senators voted for that amendment than Democratic Senators.
This struggle against corporate constitutional rights will not be over any time soon. Right now we have the momentum gained in the aftermath of the Citizens United decision, but the corporatists in Congress are in the majority in the House and it only takes one corporate Senator to put a hold on any bill in the Senate. If we are to save the democratic nature of our Republic, however, we must work in elections to get reformers into power and we must persevere.