An amendment to the US Constitution in 1893 was proposed to change the name of the nation to the “United States of Earth.”
Since the ratification of the United States Constitution, the population has grown from 4 million to over 300 million. The country has changed enormously, but the Constitution has only changed 27 times, including the Bill of Rights (amendments 1-10)! Many more amendments have been proposed, however. In fact, the success rate of an amendment is less than 1%. Here are some other ridiculous attempts:
- 1876: to abolish the US Senate
- 1878: to replace the Presidency with a Council of Three
- 1916: to put acts of war to a national vote - anyone voting “yes” had to volunteer for service in the Army
- 1933: to limit personal wealth to $1 million
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