repost – U.S. Constitution a Sacred Cow?

sacred cowRight wing American politicians are fond of citing the Constitution.

Rep. K. J. McDonald:

“restore America to its original intent, as expressed in the Constitution.”

Why is this man-made document sacred? The authors were not prophets.

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United States Constitution:

The Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania …

Since the Constitution was adopted, it has been amended twenty-seven times. …

It needs continual amendment.

Criticism of the Constitution:

It gives Wyoming the same number of votes as California, with roughly 70 times the population. …

The Electoral College is flawed, Four times in American history, presidents have been elected despite failing to win a plurality of the popular vote: 1824 John Quincy Adams, 1876 (Rutherford B. Hayes), 1888 (Benjamin Harrison) and 2000 (George W. Bush). …

Yale professor Robert A. Dahl sees a problem with an American tendency towards worship of the Constitution itself. …

I’m critical of “constitutional fundamentalists”, blindly citing the document as a distraction to actually discussing modern issues.

A far more important document is the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (1948)

It also need frequent amendment.

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