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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 04:17 PM
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5. I think that's not such a great idea
Given the extreme partisanship in this country over the past many years, it would probably take 20 whole years just to agree on a new constitution. The battles would go on forever and would probably, in the past at least, have prompted more than just the one internal conflict we had. Maybe during Jefferson's time people were more reasonable and enlightened, but these days I don't think it would be practical.

Moreover, having one bedrock document has provided for a modicum of stability and legal security. If the constitution changed regularly, people would start hedging their bets on how best to run things now to work under constitutions that were yet to be written. You'd probably hear this a lot: "Well, what we're trying to do now isn't exactly legal, but we think that when they write the new constitution in two years we can make the case for legalization and retroactive immunity". If you think letting that happen once was bad, if we were to rewrite the constitution in every generation, many people would abide by that principle in all their dealings.
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  -Thomas Jefferson believed the constitution should be rewritten every 19 years... cynatnite  Sep-28-08 04:13 PM   #0 
  - Sounds good in theory, but in actuality, I think it could be disastrous. nt  gateley   Sep-28-08 04:16 PM   #1 
  - It has been, look at the SCOTUS interpretations in the 1830s, and the outright frauds  greyhound1966   Sep-28-08 04:38 PM   #10 
  - I do think there is some truth of goodness in the idea of rewriting every generation or so.  Rabrrrrrr   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #2 
  - One of the early revised Constitutions would likely have moved us toward a  greyhound1966   Sep-28-08 04:45 PM   #11 
  - I think I prefer the language, "updated" not rewritten. n/t  Cleita   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #3 
  - Jefferson Probably Thought We Would Continue Evolving  lligrd   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #4 
  - I think that's not such a great idea  rockymountaindem   Sep-28-08 04:17 PM   #5 
  - Does anyone know where he got 19, in particular?  Bill McBlueState   Sep-28-08 04:18 PM   #6 
  - Length of a Generation  RoyGBiv   Sep-28-08 04:55 PM   #13 
  - Maybe he thought it would take a year to debate and formulate changes, so  Cleita   Sep-28-08 05:08 PM   #15 
  - You don't change horses in the middle of a race.  Mika   Sep-28-08 04:22 PM   #7 
  - Jefferson was all over the map on that point over his life n/t  melody   Sep-28-08 04:22 PM   #8 
  - No because we would constantly be see-sawing between ideologies ...  Myrina   Sep-28-08 04:26 PM   #9 
  - I don't agree, necessarily...  Poseidan   Sep-28-08 04:52 PM   #12 
  - Maybe follow the one we got first??????................n/t  galileoreloaded   Sep-28-08 04:57 PM   #14 
  - Rewritten? No, Reviewed, yes. But I think our process of constantly reviewing and revising has  GreenPartyVoter   Sep-28-08 05:33 PM   #16 
  - Our founding fathers are much wiser than many of the politicians today  gravity   Sep-28-08 05:36 PM   #17 
  - Gererational "audits" are absolutely necessary and prudent  SoCalDem   Sep-28-08 05:48 PM   #18 
  - Remember that this was every 19 years when people lived to 35 or so...  nothingtoofear   Sep-28-08 05:58 PM   #19 

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