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Our constitutional tradition insists that a measure must run the Article V gauntlet to be deemed worthy enough to be added to the Constitution. Our experience vith amending the Constitution demonstrates that such measures are few and far between. We must be mindful of these lessons whenever we contemplate a proposal to amend the Constitution. This essay provides an overview of the procedures for amending the Constitution, describes the long-run experience with those procedures, and reminds us of the wisdom of the Framers, as "We the People" contemplate the plethora of pending proposals to amend the Constitution of the United States.