Essay: An Amendment That Should Not Pass

Rick (Humphrey Bogart): How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault (Claude Rains): I'm shocked! Shocked to find that gambling is going on here.

Croupier (handing money to Renault): Your winnings, sir. Renault (briskly): Oh. Thank you very much.

—Casablanca

The first thing one notices about the constitutional amendment is a certain discrepancy between behavior and rhetoric. The part of Captain Renault this year is being played by Ronald Reagan and the United States Congress. They are shocked to discover that budget deficits are going on in Washington. They have had recourse...

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