Is it possible to nullify all U.S. government by amending the constitution?

  • No, it would not be possible, because the amendment could not be enforced.
    – user6726
    Commented Sep 17, 2016 at 16:52
  • @user6726 how do you figure?
    – phoog
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 4:06
  • My comment preceded the edit, which substantially changed the question: but still, if the entirety of the constitution is "cancelled", then there is no court system with authority to determine what is allowed or disallowed, and thus no way to determine whether e.g. President Smith has a claimed power. The Constitution not only gives power, it limits power, so no action by the executive, military, or any other person would beyond the allowed. The entire pre-amendment Constitution could be imposed by fiat, and it would be perfectly "legal".
    – user6726
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 4:23

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Theoretically speaking, there are no restrictions on the scope of amendments to the US Constitution, and so, if properly proposed and ratified, and amendment could rewrite the entire document. But at that point the normal channels for amendments would likely have broken down.

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