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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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