At some point in the educational process most people are taught in reverent tones about the Constitution, that is, what it contains and what one should think and how one should feel about it. In Washington, millions of awed tourists parade past this holy document preserved within argon gas. But the vast majority of Americans are never invited to critically examine the content of the Constitution, to ask what its basic assumptions are and to question the legitimacy of those assumptions…
…We have seen technical discussions within the popular mass media about how the Constitution, the physical document, is preserved. We-or, at any rate, I-have never seen in the mass media a penetrating debate concerning the possible creation of a new, better constitution.
In the hands of only the elite, the Constitution and the government based upon it are merely tools for self-service. Only a constitution in the hearts, minds, and hands of all of us can be considered to be a document that truly lives for us all…The Constitution’s very roots and foundation, its legitimacy, and its quality and utility should always be subject to expert and popular questions. We should not merely eternally reinterpret the current Constitution but actively seek ways to transcend it and move another evolutionary step as a society toward greater humanity and happiness.—Roger Rothenberger Beyond Plutocracy
Tag: Demos Campaign Finance Reform
Jul 07 2010