http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/seven-ways-rick-perry-wants-change-constitution-131634517.html Apparently in a book he wrote (Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington) Rick Perry named a number of things he would like to see changed in the constitution or added to it. The article appears fair, and quotes the book, though I can not say I have read the book and know whether or not these may have been taken out of context. I will list only the gist of each for reference, the article contains a couple short paragraphs further describing each point. 1. Abolish lifetime tenure for federal judges by amending Article III, Section I of the Constitution. 2. Congress should have the power to override Supreme Court decisions with a two-thirds vote. 3. Scrap the federal income tax by repealing the Sixteenth Amendment. 4. End the direct election of senators by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment. 5. Require the federal government to balance its budget every year. 6. The federal Constitution should define marriage as between one man and one woman in all 50 states. 7. Abortion should be made illegal throughout the country. What do you think of such amendments? What do you think of these ideas coming from Perry as a candidate for President? Personally I agree with none. #5 is the only one that I find at all reasonable, as the government should strive to keep a balanced budget, but I find the idea of making it mandatory each year to be naive. I have not yet looked into the candidates much unfortunately, and not that I would have likely voted for him anyway, but this article gives me a particularly bad impression of the man. edit: Just for clarification I am not indicating by the title that Perry could or would have the power to actually change the constitution.