Letters to the Editor

Civics: antidote to ignorance

Why, oh why, did we stop teaching civics in high school? There are so many false beliefs out there. As just one example, some politicians are saying that if a rival becomes president, he or she will abolish the Second Amendment. Where to start?

First, one does not just abolish an amendment to the Constitution. When the country wanted to do away with the amendment mandating Prohibition, another amendment had to be proposed and passed countermanding it.

Creating a new amendment is very, very difficult. If an amendment is proposed, it first has to be approved by two-thirds of both the Senate and the House. If it is, then it must be ratified by the legislatures of two-thirds of the states to become a part of the Constitution.

Far too many of our politicians either don’t know the procedure or think that their constituents don’t know it. People who don’t know how all levels of their governments work are putty in the hands of demagogues.

Dorothy Carter