Article V (Article 5 – Mode of Amendment)
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendmentsto this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
- The first ten Amendments were ratified on December 15th, 1791.
- The eleventh Amendment, on February 7, 1795.
- The Twelfth Amendment, on June 15th, 1804.
- The Thirteenth Amendment, on December 6th, 1865.
- The Fourteenth Amendment, on July 21th and July 28th, 1868 (by the Congress and Secretary Seward).
- The Fifteenth Amendment, on March 30th, 1870.
- The Sixteenth Amendment, on February 3rd and February 25th, 1913.
- The Seventeenth Amendment, on April 8th and May 31st, 1913.
- The Eighteenth Amendment, on January 29th, 1929, but did not become effective until one year after.
- The Nineteenth Amendment, on August 18th and August 26th, 1920.
- The Twentieth Amendment, on January 23rd and February 6th, 1933.
- The Twenty-first Amendment, on December 5th and December, 1933.
- The Twenty-second Amendment, on February 27th and March 1st, 1951.
- The Twenty-third Amendment, on March 29th and April 3rd, 1961.
- The Twenty-fourth Amendment, on January 23rd and February 4th, 1964.
- The Twenty-fifth Amendment, on February 23rd, 1967.
- The Twenty-sixth Amendment, on July 1st and July 5th, 1971.
- The Twenty-seventh Amendment, proposed by the Congress on September 25th, 1789, appears to have been ratified on May 7th, 1992.
Leaving aside the demonic content of most of the Amendments (the double date referred to in some of them refers to their double ratification, first by the Congress and, afterwards by the correspondent State Secretary on duty, which matches the Kafkian colors that dye the whole arachnoid web of US Regulations), there’s not been meaningful additions to the US CONSTITUTION since fifty (50) years, it seems. Eleven (11) Amendments were ratified in the eighteenth century; four (4), in the nineteenth century; six (6) in the first half of the (past) twentieth century; and other seven (7) in the last half of it.
There’s not been any change, or addition, in the US CONSTITUTION, under any form, along the twenty-first century.
But I do ask myself if it’s worth of it, or US CONSTITUTION shouldn’t be completely abandoned… Redone, replaced. If US shouldn’t get a brand new US CONSTITUTION.
What is incredible is that with this one, US tried to “democratize” Vietnam, Cuba, Chile, Venezuela … And offer their model for world-wide adoption.