What is the problem with the U.S. Constitution?

The Supreme Court Justice has started a debate. It may be one way to remind people about the fundamental foundational values of the U.S. and how they compare to modern, often failed, governance ideologies. Jim Yardley asks Has the Constitution Lost Its Sex Appeal?

The U.S. Constitution was meant to be a straight-jacket for those who would abuse the limited powers that the people of this country have granted them. The government is supposed to do only what they have been allowed to do, and absolutely nothing more. But, since it’s so much fun pushing people around, these foreigners and our own domestic LPDs, are not too happy with those constraints.

Like teenagers, they think that they always know more, and better, than do their elders. Sadly, they never seem to reach that Mark Twain moment when they realize:

When I was 17 I thought my father was the stupidest person in the world. By the time I turned 21, I was amazed how much the old man had learned in 4 years.

These new constitutions from around the world are being written, not by “We the People,” but by the existing governments. One simple question needs to be asked of all Americans before we allow our Constitution to be tossed out and replaced: Would you trust the Congress to draft a new Constitution to replace what we have?

JFK is also getting some realization what with recent biographies and personal reminiscences of former mistresses but one of his famous quotes was “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” [wikipedia]. That was then. The trend seems to be the other direction these days.

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