Some serious flaws in our Constitution

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Regarding your [Sept. 21] column on the U.S. constitution: I think all such writings that point with pride to our venerable Constitution probably do more harm than good.
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David

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Oct 4, 2008
 
While the electoral college argument is legitimate, the case against the judiciary and legislature are not. They were written in to the Constitution to provide a separation of powers to prevent one branch from gaining too much power. The Bush administration has done a lot to try to unbalance the power but that does not reflect the document. Also, there was a reason for the 2 house legislature with one based on population and one based on statehood. It was set up this way because big states wanted a say on population but small states were afraid they would be essentially dummy votes, or unheard, which is why the Senate is equally represented. It served as a great compromise between the Virginia and New Jersey plans that was crucial to the document and this country as we know it being formed. So while you try to criticize the Constitution, you must know the history behind how and why things were written. There are always underlying political reasons for things that were necessary to forge an agreement.
Truth

Allentown, PA

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Oct 4, 2008
 

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The worst is when judges legislate from the bench, blurring the distinction between the legislative and judicial branches.

Down with activist judges!

But then, Biden thinks Article I is about the executive branch when it's about the legislative.
hipochristian

Biglerville, PA

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Oct 4, 2008
 
what country has a better one. what country would you have us model.
Hanover man

Middletown, PA

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Oct 4, 2008
 

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I am by no means any kind of expert in these things but the main problem I see with the Constitution is that it requires a moral, hardworking country for it to work. It presumes that the American public would remove corrupt politicians, would respond to excesses of government and would fight for freedom. If the American public is willing to let the government do whatever it wants, the Constitution, by itself, can't stop that.

We have to admit over the last 20 years so long as the stock market was going up and we had new cars and vacations we didn't really care what the government was doing.

Since: Feb 08

Allentown

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Oct 4, 2008
 
I give up. We are now a Socialist Nation. Or, as Michael Savage said manipulatve, monarchy, based Capitalism. Savage rules!
Frank

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Oct 5, 2008
 
This is in response to The article concerning serious flaws in our constitution. Tom is all so wrong. First of all read the Federalist papers by our founders and one will find the thinking that went into the writing of our constitution. These were men far smarter than myself and Tom. The electoral college was set up to give the smaller states an equal voice. Why is California any more important than Rhode Island? The constitution was set up to give states their individual voice.

Since: Dec 07

Arlington, VA

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Oct 5, 2008
 
Constitutional "flaws" can be remedied only by amendment, a cumbersome process unlikely to happen anytime soon in a nation with an ignorant populace and ineffective Congress. The "legislation from the bench" claim is bogus because judges are well within their powers to construe or interpret statutes, and they make so-called "interstitial law" every day on matters which have not been specifically addressed by the legislature. Despite any Constitutional "flaws", I believe the U.S. is still an exemplary democracy superior to any other if we choose to use our power. Who isn't yet registered to vote? What's your excuse?

Since: Oct 08

Middletown, PA

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Oct 5, 2008
 
Jeff Spangler wrote:
Constitutional "flaws" can be remedied only by amendment, a cumbersome process unlikely to happen anytime soon in a nation with an ignorant populace and ineffective Congress. The "legislation from the bench" claim is bogus because judges are well within their powers to construe or interpret statutes, and they make so-called "interstitial law" every day on matters which have not been specifically addressed by the legislature. Despite any Constitutional "flaws", I believe the U.S. is still an exemplary democracy superior to any other if we choose to use our power. Who isn't yet registered to vote? What's your excuse?
Jeff Spangler wrote:
Constitutional "flaws" can be remedied only by amendment, a cumbersome process unlikely to happen anytime soon in a nation with an ignorant populace and ineffective Congress. The "legislation from the bench" claim is bogus because judges are well within their powers to construe or interpret statutes, and they make so-called "interstitial law" every day on matters which have not been specifically addressed by the legislature. Despite any Constitutional "flaws", I believe the U.S. is still an exemplary democracy superior to any other if we choose to use our power. Who isn't yet registered to vote? What's your excuse?
Sir, the constitution of the United States was not flawed. Part of it's original perfection was it's recognition of being incomplete, and it's allowance for amendments. This allowance is where We the People added the flaws.
As far as your warped view of the role of our judicial branch...The intent of the judicial branch is to interpret laws as they apply to a case or dispute before them. If a law requires 'clarifying' then the legislative branch needs to amend and re-pass the law. At the very least if a law is ambiguous then the default goes to the people, and not the govt. Our entire constitution was written from the 'peoples perspective' It is the only constitution written this way in all of human history. It specifically states that all items not clearly defined are left to the people.

Your final sentence calling us a 'democracy' is an insult to America, or at the least, it exposes a fundamental misunderstanding of our constitution. We are; as described by Ben Franklin when asked; '...a Representitive Republic'
If we were a democracy we would only have a House of representatives. Period. No executive, nor judicial branches, and no Senate. We would allow majority to rule on all concerns. It has been done numerous times, including late into the Roman Empire, and in all cases it was a dismal failure. Have you ever recited the Pledge of Allegiance? You know "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the USA, and to the REPUBLIC, for which it stands...
Representative Republic, this is what was the "Great Experiment" Who taught you we live in a democracy?
Please tell me you are not a lawyer, or worse yet a judge.
you gotta be kidding

Middletown, PA

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Oct 6, 2008
 
flaws in the constitution ? the only flaws in the constitution were fixed years ago ,abolishing slavery , and the equal rights amendment were all that was required ! the constitution is under constant attack by power hungry fools , mainly fools that we elect ! want an example ? look at g.w.bush , he`s done more to harm the constitution ,and the rights of the american people than any president before him ! and talk about how flawed it is when the first troops begin appearing on american streets , supposedly for our own good ! troops who are allowed to use lethal force against citizens , " in case of inssurrection " , that in itself goes against our constitutional rights !the founding fathers fully expected ," we the people " to rise up against the government if it became to pushy ! the next several years will see a slow slide into fascism ,here in the states !ITS BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE KENNEDY ,AND ANYONE WITH THE BRAINS TO HUNT OUT THE TRUTH CAN FIND IT !
John McShame

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Oct 6, 2008
 
The typical truth of it is that most people don't have the brains to hunt down the truth! The Constitutional meltdown in this country will be nothing more then the financial meltdown that is happening now..........basically goes to say that by the time 'we' figure it out, it'll already be to late to do anything about it. Or truth be known, it already is.
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Oct 6, 2008
 
Our constitution will be meaningless and disapear as soon as certin people change our name from The United States of America to The Muslim States of North America. So sorry for you all who can not see it trying to happen.
I pray not in a church of God.
Butch

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Oct 6, 2008
 
Yes . You are scared. And it has made you crazier than a mad hare. The right kinda person to put another bush in the white house. I hope you get washed away in the next one. you will save the nation.
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Apr 23, 2009
 
alot of crybabies out there u dont have any rights when u dont know your rights gives judicial judgements the excuse to break the law without consequences one thing that needs changed judges are responsable for contradicting our constitution and should be held responsable revolution very soon!!!!!!!!!
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Aug 20, 2010
 
/facepalm
Lying RepubliCONS

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Aug 20, 2010
 
scared wrote:
Our constitution will be meaningless and disapear as soon as certin people change our name from The United States of America to The Muslim States of North America. So sorry for you all who can not see it trying to happen.
I pray not in a church of God.
And when you pray in a church of God, do you ask for forgiveness for bearing false witness against "certain people"? Lying is a sin and God gives no exceptions to that.
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Aug 20, 2010
 
Tom, I think you need to refresh your memory on civics. The senate was designed to give each state equal voice: two senators from each state regardless of population. Senators were appointed by the state legislature and represented the state legislatures at large, not the populace. Representatives were to represent the people in each state and were appointed by popular vote from amongst the people.

In a democracy, majority rules. The United States are a constitutional republic where the minority has a voice.
gringo

United States

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Aug 20, 2010
 
scared wrote:
Our constitution will be meaningless and disapear as soon as certin people change our name from The United States of America to The Muslim States of North America. So sorry for you all who can not see it trying to happen.
I pray not in a church of God.
typical texasahole, quitter, who thinks they know what's best for a nation. thanks for contributing to the decline of a nation with 2 of your native(?) sons from the bush royal family. try annexing youselves with mexico and let us know how you make out. stupid texican
LibertytFirst

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Aug 20, 2010
 
Lincoln destroyed the Constitution to protect it. LOL
John

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Jan 27, 2011
 
Hanover man wrote:
I am by no means any kind of expert in these things but the main problem I see with the Constitution is that it requires a moral, hardworking country for it to work. It presumes that the American public would remove corrupt politicians, would respond to excesses of government and would fight for freedom. If the American public is willing to let the government do whatever it wants, the Constitution, by itself, can't stop that.
We have to admit over the last 20 years so long as the stock market was going up and we had new cars and vacations we didn't really care what the government was doing.
+1! Couldn't have said it any better!
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Jan 27, 2011
 
The Constitution isn't flawed. What's flawed are the politicians we elect that flaunt it.

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