„Charlton Heston…recently was re-elected president of the NRA for the third term. And they made an exception, because their charter, their constitution, says you can only have two terms, but they changed it. Ah. So constitutions can change. Interesting. Because it is called the Second Amendment.“

—  Bill Maher

The word "amendment" itself means, "We had another thought! We re-thought something!"
Be More Cynical (2000)

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