That 19 year thing

From the NYT:

Other nations routinely trade in their constitutions wholesale, replacing them on average every 19 years. By odd coincidence, Thomas Jefferson, in a 1789 letter to James Madison, once said that every constitution “naturally expires at the end of 19 years” because “the earth belongs always to the living generation.”

2 Responses to That 19 year thing

  1. Which is part of what makes America’s amendable constitution so great. Also, this articulates a reason I disagree with many Republicans in congress who insist we get “back to the constitution.”

    • jason swadley says:

      I agree that’s it’s great our constitution is so stable, but perhaps it’s too stable… it is hard to amend, after all.

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