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Can the United States Government vote to repeal current articles or amendments from the constitution? Or is the constitution forever?

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    Sorry, -1. This is basic research. A definitive Wikipedia article is among first 5 Google search results, as are even better written articles from other sources – user4012 Nov 2 '15 at 15:57
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    Question is vague in its use of "US Government." Is it asking whether the Federal Govt can unilaterally change the constitution or whether there is a system in place to change it? – rougon Aug 14 '16 at 14:31
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    @user4012 isn't stack exchange all about creating a consortium of information? – Viktor Aug 19 '16 at 22:48
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That amendments exists shows that yes, you can amend the constitution. It's a living document. You can repeal an amendment by...amending the constitution by voting for a new amendment. Prohibition was enacted when the 18th Amendment was passed. It was later repealed with the 21st amendment.

Articles could also be "repealed" via further amendments.

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    Living Document has a very specific connotation when discussing the Constitution. It is the philosophy that the words written in the Constitution can be reinterpreted as society changes. Yes, a process exists to amend the Constitution, per Article V, but that is a stark difference from the Living Document concept. – Drunk Cynic Aug 14 '16 at 17:42
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    @drunkcynic yes and no. You are correct, but the generic term also applies. It's a living document (as it is updated) and there are proponents of the Living Constituion (aka Living Document) legal philosophy. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_document – user1530 Aug 15 '16 at 7:04
  • The law paragraph of your cited link reflects the very distinction made above. "In United States constitutional law, the Living Constitution, also known as loose constructionism, permits the Constitution as a static document to have an interpretation that shifts over time as the cultural context changes. The opposing view, originalism, holds that the original intent or meaning of the writers of the Constitution should guide its interpretation." The concept of living document is distinct from the included methods for amending the Constitution; you're conflating the two. – Drunk Cynic Aug 15 '16 at 12:47
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    @Drunk Cynic hence my comment pointing out the differences between "living document" and "Living Constitution". Both terms apply to the U.S. constitution. I am not conflating anything. I am saying they are not mutually exclusive. – user1530 Aug 15 '16 at 21:09
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    I apologize, but the recursive nature of this discussion is much too tantalizing for me to give up. – Jeff Lambert Oct 13 '16 at 19:34
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The US constitution can be changed through amendments. An amendment can also repel or modify one of the articles or a previously made amendment.

The constitution allows amendments to be proposed either by congress or by two-thirds of all states, however the latter method was never used.

In order for an amendment to become part of the constitution, it first needs to pass both the senate and the congress with a two-thirds majority and then be ratified by three quarters of the US states by either making it as a state legislatures or a state convention.

Source: http://www.usconstitution.net/constam.html

  • Recommend a specific citation of Article V. – Drunk Cynic Aug 14 '16 at 17:44
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The questions, as posed, are somewhat problematic. First, the U.S. government is not equipped to vote. Votes are cast in the two houses of congress and in various state and municipal legislative bodies. Second, the conjunction "or", linking the second question to the first, is misplaced. It presumes a corollary relationship between the two questions. The constitution is permanent, in the common sense of that concept. It is, however, subject to amendment by a purposely long and arduous process.

Any proposed change to the constitution, be it addition or subtraction or alteration, is defined as an amendment.

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