I was up at 8 a.m. this morning (a fact I will address with my two year old later), and saw people on Twitter discussing something about a “New Constitution.” My search led me to Donna Brazile tweeting out a link from Salon entitled “We need a new constitution: Here’s how we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent.” As an aside, while I was on her page, I noticed she also retweeted something by known Twitter troll and genuinely awful sharer of thoughts, LOLGOP, and account whose profile picture is of an elephant performing a sexual act on itself.
All that aside, I found it interesting that the beginning of the Salon piece is actually not wholly incorrect. People are tired of Congress and tired of the same old politics-as-usual shenanigans that go on in Washington D.C. We here at RedState have expressed similar issues and have often come under criticism for speaking out (loudly, I might add) against our own party at times. Where the Salon piece goes off the rails, however (aside from the “Tea Party obstructionists” comment in the third paragraph, which is to be expected when Salon writes about politics), is with the idea that we need a new Constitution to make things better.
The Constitution worked exceedingly well for a couple hundred years before now. It didn’t change. It didn’t become worse. Instead, what happened was the people in charge of upholding and maintaining the Constitution became drunk with power and craved to keep it, rather than protect the document that allows them to hold the jobs they have. Such is the nature of granting power to anyone. Even in anarchy, someone is in charge, and in anarchy, there is unbridled chaos. In a nation upheld by a Constitution, but run by people bought and paid for rather than outright elected, the chaos is more controlled. Our system is being corrupted.
The idea that we need a new Constitution is not a new idea. Democrats have been trying to dismantle it piece-by-piece (or, at the very least, trying to get new and unrelated definitions of the “freedoms” the document provides us) for a very long time. However, it is an incorrect instinct based on the idea that it is the document that has failed us and that we need a newer, more restrictive document that doesn’t tell us what the government can’t …read more