Oh, MJ, I think the EC is gonna be around a while whatever we think of it. If you think it could just go away, then you are as delusional as anyone that says Americans shouldn't have guns.
It's that whole Constitution thing. Article 2, Section 1 establishes the EC, just as the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms. I doubt that either will change in this country while either of us are breathing. But if you wanna start on getting the consensus necessary to add a new Constitutional Amendment, have at it.
Yes you are right about the EC being around. I hope the NPV movement forces the issue to abolish it.
Regarding the 2nd amendment, it is not simply the right to keep and bear arms. It is the right to keep and bear arms as part of a WELL REGULATED MILITIA. The right wing echosphere always leaves that part out.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Of course, the right wing political activist masquerading as a legal expert, Antonin Scalia, just dismissed the first part as irrelevant.
But if you read Madison's first draft, you can see that Madson CLEARLY meant it SOLELY in the context of a well regulated militia.
Here is the first draft:
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, a well-armed and well-regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.”
Madison NEVER meant it to be an unrestricted INDIVIDUAL right to bear arms. How do we know?
Here is the statement from the board of the University of Virginia on which he served
“No student shall, within the precincts of the University, introduce, keep or use any spirituous or vinous liquors, keep or use weapons or arms of any kind …”
Sorry for the detour on the 2nd amendment.