Representative JOHN H. TOLAN, of California
The subject of this brief talk is a proposed constitutional amendment. The Constitution of the United States seems to be a live topic today, and rightfully so, for therein lies the salvation of the American people. We still have reverence for that great document and amid the hurry and worry of the present day, the heart of our people is still sound and beats to the tune played by the fathers of our country.
Why amend the Constitution? Well, the framers of it looked into the future and knew changing conditions would require it and provided in the Constitution itself for amendments.
You know, since the original 10 amendments in 1791, only 12 others have been ratified--one of which repealed another--out of about 3,500 that have been proposed during the 144 years.
For a first-term Congressman to take I chance out of 292 to put over a constitutional amendment would seem at first blush the height of absurdity. But the most____________________