America, we´ve got some bad news: Our Constitution isn´t going to make it. It´s had 224 years of commendable, often glorious service, but there´s a time for everything, and the government shutdown and permanent-crisis governance signal that it´s time to think about moving on. "No society can make a perpetual constitution," Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison in 1789, the year ours took effect. "The earth belongs always to the living generation and not to the dead.… Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years." By that calculation, we´re more than two centuries behind
Comments: This is the most horrifying thing I´ve read in a long time.
Every generation since the Founders has seen abuse of the Constitution to one degree or another. Today, it´s routinely abused daily by idiots voted into office by other idiots.
The question is not whether we wish to retain the existing Constitution but whether or not we wish to retain (or reacquire) individual liberty and freedom. I don´t think most Americans do. That´s very sad and more than a little upsetting to those of us who DO want individual freedom and liberty.
The author is correct that the system leads to gridlock. The Founding Fathers intended gridlock. The government was intended to do very little for you [and very little to you]. How well does it work? Not very. As intended. How well has it worked? Check the results of the ´gate test.´ [How many people want in, and how many people want out?]
The biggest problem are the people elected that are supposed to uphold The Constitution. Terms limits would be the most effective change to fix this problem and would have to include the justice system.
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Judy W., 11/1/2013 11:45:09 AM (No. 9593396)
I hope that the threat of a leftist constitutional convention will put a stop to the terrible idea some libertarians have for a constitutional convention. They seem to think that since nobody pays attention to the Constitution, passing some amendments will help.
Of course our Constitution is in trouble. We have a couple of generations of persons unable to read and reason. Our education has been dumbed down to 15 second sound bites. Try (I mean really try) to imagine a world in which folk would travel several hours by horse or buggy to hear Emerson speak. And he spoke for two or more hours, in closely reasoned and carefully crafted paragraphs. And these were not the elite; these were just ordinary citizens! Go dig out some Emerson from your library (if they have not discarded him) and see for yourself. Our ruling elites have no idea what the Constitution says. Even Chief Justice Roberts is incapable of distinguishing between a legislator and a judge. He wrote a new law (not within his powers as a judge). So of course it doesn´t work. Use anything in a manner inconsistent with its instructions and the object or device will fail. Bring back Amendment X!
The Constitution was written to and for a Christian nation. Without God, the Bible, morality based on God´s laws, it cannot function as intended. Our enemies understand this even if we good intended citizens do not.
It´s like saying sorry, but gravity just isn´t going to make it. It had a good run, but things change, and now it´s time to find a new and better way to ensure bodies moving through space feel an attraction predicated upon mass.
The US Constituiton is at its heart the greatest philosophic and intellectual result of the mind of man. Nothing else ever out to paper has altered the world to a greater degree for the better. And you can be absolutely assured that anyone who wishes to put it aside, especially in lieu of something utterly imaginary and yet to be determined, is either bent on destruction or stupid beyond measure. And note that the latter follow the will of the former.
This Constitution was written by political geniuses mainly guided by a Judeo-Christian world view. We don´t have those kind of people now, so....I say Leave It Alone! Any modifications needed are done in the amendment process. Our Founding Fathers knew that.
If you were to look back you would probably find that in each of the previous generations that there were progressives who wanted to do away with the US Constitution believing that their progressive agenda would then fly.
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