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11 Amendments You Won't Believe Were Actually Proposed To The Constitution

To celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, check out how crazy the United States really could have been if any of these were ratified. God bless the USA!

Posted on June 28, 2011, at 1:14 p.m. ET

  • 1. 1893: Rename the country 'The United States of Earth'

    1893: Rename the country 'The United States of Earth'

    Possible rationale: Congressmen, much like our elected leaders today, believed the US to have power over not just its own territory, but the entire word. Also, hippies.

  • 2. 1878: Replace the President by an executive council of three

    1878: Replace the President by an executive council of three

    Possible rationale: Limit the president's power even further, make room for evil twin presidents. (image source)

  • 3. 1876: Abolish the United States Senate

    1876: Abolish the United States Senate

    Possible Rationale: Until 1913, Senators weren't elected by the people, and instead were appointed by the states. Congress represented the people, while the senate represented the states.

  • 4. 1894: Recognize God & Jesus Christ as the "supreme authority" in human affairs

    1894: Recognize God & Jesus Christ as the "supreme authority" in human affairs

    Possible rationale: In contrast to the 1876 amendment, everyone just got super religious.

  • 5. 1876: Bar religious leaders from holding political office

    1876: Bar religious leaders from holding political office

    Possible rationale: The proposed amendment also barred federal funding for religious organizations. Another way to separate church and state even further.

  • 6. 1912: Forbid interracial marriage

    1912: Forbid interracial marriage

    Possible rationale: Racist old men.

  • 7. 1914: Ban divorce

    1914: Ban divorce

    Possible rationale: Stupid old men.

  • 8. 1916: Put acts of war to a national vote with those voting in the affirmative being required to enlist

    1916: Put acts of war to a national vote with those voting in the affirmative being required to enlist

    Possible rationale: An attempt to somehow compromise the divide between those who wanted to go to war in Europe, and those who preferred isolationism.

  • 9. 1933: Limit personal wealth to $1 million

    1933: Limit personal wealth to $1 million

    Possible rationale: Those wacky Great Depression days.

  • 10. 1938: Ban drunkenness in the US & its territories

    1938: Ban drunkenness in the US & its territories

    Possible rationale: After the failure of the 21st amendment, Congress decided they hate fun. Again.

  • 11. 1971: Give American citizens the inalienable right to be free from polution

    1971: Give American citizens the inalienable right to be free from polution

    Possible rationale: Hippies.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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