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The Most Perfect Album: Episode 7

The Most Perfect Album: Episode 7

This time, More Perfect took its camera lens from the Supreme Court and zoomed in on people’s words: the 27 changes we made to The People of our Constitution. We took these 27 edits both in song and story. This episode was most listened to with 27: The Most Perfect Album, an entire album (an ALBUM!) And digital experience with the original music and art inspired by 27 Again. Think of these episodes as audio liner notes.

The 25th and 26th Amendments-ratified in 1967 and 1971, respectively-are some of the most recent additions to our building document. However, they address some important questions: who will rule, and who will vote? If a president dies or becomes helpless, who will replace him? And how old are you to participate in American democracy?

In recent months, the 25th Amendment has been circling news cycles as Americans have debated what it takes to declare a president unfit for office. But this episode looks ahead to the enactment of the 25th Amendment: a moment in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson was bedridden by a stroke, and his wife, Edith Wilson, became unofficially the first female president of our country.

The 26th Amendment is best incorporated into a slogan of the Vietnam era: “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote.” Eighteen-year-olds argue that if they are old enough to be elected to fight in the War, they are old enough to have a voice in our democracy. But what about now, if even young Americans were victims of gun violence and were seen as the center of the national political debate? Does this mean we need to further lower the voting age?

When you’re done with the stage, check out songs by Devendra Banhart and Suburban Living inspired by Amendments 25 and 26 of 27: The Most Perfect Album.

And check out Devendra Banhart’s incredible music video here!

Video illustration by Justin Buschardt. Video animation by The Mighty Coconut.

Special thanks to The White House Historical Association.

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