Civics Refresher – The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution

Points to Ponder

1 – Congress does not amend the Constitution. Article V defines the process by which amendments can be proposed and ratified by the state legislatures. Either Congress or a Convention of States can propose amendments. The first ten, the Bill of Rights, were proposed by the latter method, a Convention of States.

2 – The 22nd Amendment was proposed by Congress in 1947 but not ratified by the states until 1951. This amendment had nothing to do with Franklin Roosevelt but was a recommendation of the Hoover Commission created by Pres. Harry S. Truman, to reorganize and reform the federal government. The intent was to forestall the growth of government. Reference: MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 1949 | THE HOOVER COMMISSION REPORTS ON FEDERAL REORGANIZATION

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Many will chuckle at the ignorance of the young congresswoman, but what should be a proper response?

The Role of Public Education

In this highly technical world of computing and connectivity, educators place great emphasis on STEM, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a product of contemporary public education and her ignorance of civics is sadly common throughout America.

Said President Abraham Lincoln, “Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”

With respect to public education, President Ronald Reagan counseled: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

We hand on the intellectual framework to preserve our freedom by the teaching of civics.

Civics, not STEM, should be at the top of all education in America, else we will spend our twilight years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Young Alexandria should not be condemned for her ignorance. Instead, we should teach her and her generation civics.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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