Monday, November 10, 2014

[192] ‘MTSU On the Record’ examines would-be constitutional amendments

MURFREESBORO — Unsuccessful attempts to amend the United States Constitution are in the spotlight on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and constitutional law scholar, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Vile is the author of “Re-Framers: 170 Eccentric, Visionary and Patriotic Proposals to Rewrite the U.S. Constitution.” The book includes amendments that focus on specific rights and liberties, as well as more comprehensive libertarian, socialist, parliamentary and even monarchical plans.

Some proposed amendments are more amusing. One amendment would have prohibited the government from stopping marijuana sales and usage. Another would have extended voting rights to all 18-year-old citizens other than “idiots and the insane.” The definition of the word “idiots” in this context is subject to interpretation.

“To me, they are alternative paths that could have been taken, some fairly consequential, others often seemingly fairly trite and occasionally even misanthropic,” Vile said.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800

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