If you believe in a government of laws, nothing exemplifies that belief better than a written constitution. The U.S. Constitution in particular is based on the idea that the powers of government are delegated by the people. To protect the rights of minorities, it takes supermajorities to delegate those powers. The ratification process for the original document and its amendments is how those supermajorities give powers to the government.
Every single problem that Seidman raises, from the profound (human slavery) to the mundane (how the Senate is apportioned) is subject to constitutional amendment. Every problem, that is, except for making it easier for elites to impose their will upon the country.
Our current political leadership may represent a wider electorate than the white male property owners represented by the Founders, which is to the good. But the evidence is all around us that today’s politicians subscribe to more limited notions of free speech, freedom of religion, protection from search and seizure, and the right to bear arms than those contained in the Bill of Rights.
American politics seems broken, and it’s natural people will cast about for a solution. But give up on the Constitution?
Been there, done that.
W. James Antle III is the editor of The Daily Caller News Foundation. Follow him on Twitter.