Actually, our system is working. Just look at our Congress since 2010.A study done by British researchers shows how our democracy has dissolved and
our system has collapsed into an Oligarchy.Only a handful of people
are controlling this country. The rich. Legislation which benefits them is being
passed while legislation which would benefit the majority is being killed.
[DN censors - how am I breaking any rules by pointing out a flaw in logic? OK,
will the third time be a charm?]Letter quote - “We have
chiseled away at our Constitution over the years either through amendments to
the Constitution…”The Constitution lays out the
requirements for amending itself. As far as I know, no amendment has ever been
added to the Constitution by any unconstitutional process. It is
difficult to take this letter seriously when it makes such a fundamental error
"We have chiseled away at our Constitution over the years either through
amendments to the Constitution…"I wonder what Amendment(s)
the writer would do away with. Going through the list I could only see possible
the 16th amendment being done away with that would make the general populace
happy...Does the author not like Women or people of color voting?
Is the writer upset that the President is inaugurated in January rather than
March? That the President is limited to two terms, or that DC residents can
vote for President? The Constitution does not, and cannot grant
rights, but rather it guarantees their protection.
I actually agree that the letter writer technically misspoke when he stated
"amendments to the constitution", but he was right in his intent. We
realistically have liberal activist judges who unilaterally attempt to amend and
circumvent the constitution everyday. They constantly look to find or create
ideas in the constitution that are not there. That is why we have so many extra
special rights for different segments of our society, and reverse discrimination
is so rampant.
@HaHaHaHa,I agree.The answer to discrimination... is not more
discrimination.Just changing the direction of the discrimination to
a different group isn't the answer.
My challenge for Richard l Behling is when he his thinking of the rights he
gives up, he should think a little bit about the rights and freedoms he gets
back. Can you actually specify a right that has been given up that
did not bring more important rights and freedoms
@Darrel Those in power also don't like the 17th Amendment --
the one that lets the people elect their Senators, and not he them be chosen by
political hacks. They don't want to let the people have power instead of
letting the hacks control power for their own purposes. Heaven help it if the
people, instead of the political hierarchy, can actually control their own
Hahaha,"We realistically have liberal activist judges who unilaterally
attempt to amend and circumvent the constitution everyday." What facts do
you have to back that statement up? Do you mean that judges have made rulings
you disagree with, therefore they must be liberal?Judges are elected or
appointed by elected officials- as per the Constitution. Judges are trained in
the Law of the Land- the Constitution. Now that doesn't mean
judges can't let personal bias on issues influence their interpretation,
all humans do this every day of their lives. To blame only "liberal"
judges is not right. I would argue that Conservative judges have done more harm
to our Representative form of government than any liberal judge has done. When
the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United- corporations are people and
money is free speech- was the biggest constitutional interpretation change
we've ever had. Our nation was founded to remove control from the wealthy
and powerful and give it to the common man. This conservative ruling has taken
us back to Feudalism.
I'm wondering if the letter writer is referring to something I heard a few
years ago that was stressed by some ultra conservative leaders here in Utah.
They were trying to stress the importance of the "Republic" (obviously
Republicans) rather than "Democracy" (obviously the Democrats). If so,
I would like to point out that our country is made up of both and both are of
importance (although the ultra conservatives have been so badly behaved as to
make me wonder about that)