A New U.S. Constitution

The Framers intended our U.S. Constitution to be a fundamental framework of law. They did not want the Constitution to be changed in response to transient whims. However, they also recognized that American society and conditions would change over time in ways they could not predict in 1787.

George Mason said “Amendments, therefore will be necessary and it would be better to provide for them in an easy, regular, and Constitutional way than to trust in chance and violence.” Article 5 of the Constitution lays out the Amendment process, and since 1787 more than 10,000 proposed Amendments have been introduced to Congress. Only 33 Amendments have gained enough votes to be submitted to the States for ratification and just 27 have been ratified.

Roy Young – President/CEO, James Madison’s Montpelier

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What exactly no longer works in our 18th century Constitution? For many Americans today that would be a shocking, disturbing question. Some would be appalled that it was even suggested. While on the other hand, for many other Americans the question would illicit just the opposite reaction, frustration perhaps, but not shock. Yet, today the chasm of heated emotions within our split and splitting, polarized politics is quite real. It is undeniable by any foreign observer. Like it or not, in today’s U.S. of A., the battle-lines are rapidly drawn and battle-cries shouted “you’re either with us or against us” as President George W. Bush once proclaimed to the world in the wake of 9/11. Only today, that line drawn in the sand describes acutely our current prognosis of U.S. society: it’s American against American. It’s do or die to the bitter end for our two political parties, nothing less. How on Earth did we arrive here?

Oldest known photo of the restored U.S. Capitol Bldg, 1846 – Library of Congress; photo by John Plumbe

Our 18th century federal and state governments can no longer keep pace with our ever fast-moving, evolving 21st century nation, with its people, its industry, or the ever-changing world. This has become ever clearer over the last two decades. Consequently, does this ailing condition mean after 240-years it is too difficult to amend our Constitution, and if so, can we change that? Can necessary reforms be achieved to fix our lethargic, indecisive, incumbered, often grid-locked bicameral Congress so that another January 6th Assault on our Capitol and democracy—by seditious American insurrectionists—never happens again? We came very close to losing everything this nation was built upon those 3-4 weeks leading up to January 6th, 2021. We were a lot closer than most realize. More importantly, in a post-Jan 6th America do the qualified lovers and protectors of a lawful Constitutional democracy still have a choice? This is what I want to explore and examine in this multi-part series.

The Best of Times, Now the Worst of Times

Throughout all of human history the records of civilizations, from the Bronze Age through the Classical Age and up to the current Modern Age, have all shown one consistent, repeating pattern: Ignore your subjects, the peasants, the working masses and their fair and reasonable well-being, then by doing so those leaders, nobility, or the Sharif/Ashraf do so at their own peril. Whether leadership is morally just or not, time and time again throughout human history, civil revolutions by fed-up commoners do rise up and often overthrow their snobbishly isolated, unfit tyrannical rulers. This is the final chapter of many an ancient empire or modern nation the Ages of history always bear out.

What are a few of the malignant cancers manifested by our nation’s declining health? What are the signs and diagnosis of a sickly United States? What is our actual and honest State of the Union over the last 3-4 decades? Here’s a brief summary:

  • Economic Inequality is the worst it has been since the post-WW2 years.
  • Growing Political Inequality – that is, much less republic representation for all individual voters as opposed to corporate business-owners and their personal special interest groups.
  • Continued Collapse of America’s Middle Class.
  • Failing Public Education, particularly beyond a high school diploma.
  • Chronic Racial and Income Segregation.
  • Ever Emerging Technologies Causing Declines in Social Cohesion – i.e. social-media addiction.
  • A Failing Retirement System – Social Security benefits for retirees under persistent threat.
  • America’s Middle Class Facing Heavier Taxes, particularly for social programs and domestic infrastructure.
  • The Burden of Increased Taxes Are Not Shared Fairly by the Wealthy.

And these are just nine (9) of the nation’s biggest chronic problems over the last 3-4 decades. I will be exploring and examining these nine U.S. festering ailments throughout this series. What is apparent these past several decades is that the final demise of our precious republic democracy cannot be solved through “politics as usual.” Why not?

The general yet correct answer is that our antiquated 18th century Constitution and the 21st century Supreme Court’s interpretations of it are the primary infections sources of our dire illness. Period. But it isn’t enough to simply generalize the obvious, is it?

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In my next installment of the series I will address how 1) our outdated Constitution has been continually misinterpreted and thus extrapolated by politicians and the Supreme Court to unfairly protect America’s wealthy oligarchs and their corporations, as well as their special interest groups and favored political campaigns. And 2) how our once basic foundation of Separation of Powers no longer functions. Also, I will be referencing an outstanding expert in U.S. Constitutional history and law, PhD graduate of the University of Virginia and JD from Harvard Law School, Dr. George William Van Cleve and his recent book: Making A New American Constitution. I will also be referencing and citing other related sources.

A heads up. I must also beg your patience for the timely, or untimely delivery of these installments. If you are unaware, my life took a major turn or setback (in August 2021) from my previous ability to publish blog-posts on a regular basis due to my Mom’s progressing severe dementia. Therefore, I most likely won’t be able to publish each installment in a normal time-frame. That said, please watch this space and your WordPress notifications for the latest continuation. It would be greatly appreciated! I very much look forward to your participation in discussions below in comments. Thank you. ❤️

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8 thoughts on “A New U.S. Constitution

    • Thank you Grouchy. I will earnestly try my best to be (somewhat?) timely in delivering each segment so I do appreciate greatly your forthcoming patience with me. 🙏

      I do hope the series will be very educational for American readers as well as non-American regarding exactly HOW “We the People ” can indeed, as a majority united, be the catalyst for a new, more effective more efficient Constitution and to make congress-members a LOT more accountable to their responsibilities in office. This is my #1 hope for the series. To be determined, eh? 😉

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  1. Prof … this is excellent!!! But then, I figured it would be! I’m looking forward to the next installment … and the one after that … but don’t push yourself, for we know you have a lot on your plate right now. Thank you for this … I shall re-blog soon!

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  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    More than a few times in the past decade, I have opined that it may be time to update the U.S. Constitution, to bring it into the 21st century. The framers of the document fully intended it to be a living, breathing document, one that would grow as times changed, but due to a number of factors, it has failed to progress much. Two of my pet peeves are how the 1st and 2nd Amendments have been translated over time. Free speech seems to me to have gotten well out of hand when there is no accompanying responsibility, and the ‘right to bear arms’ has been taken far beyond what the framers could have ever imagined. Professor Taboo has just begun what will be a series of thoughts and suggestions about ways to update the Constitution, to bring it into the current century, make it the living, breathing document the founders imagined. What follows is the first in his series and I think the series will be well worth your time to read and ponder. Thank you, Prof!

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  3. I will be reading your coming estimations on the US Constitution even though I presently know very little about it. I will let you inform me, because I trust your judgement. Until then I won’t say much, yet, except to say I hope their will be some potential solutions proffered. Constructive criticism is always more meaningful.

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    • Mmm, agreed Rawgod. I hope I don’t disappoint. But there is indeed a LOT MORE the American “ We the People” can initiate and change, for sure! I hope that I can plant the seed of that organization and movement, if possible. Meanwhile, thanks very much for your interest Sir! 🙂

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