We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From this site linked by Powerline
"While Madison and Jefferson both believed that the Constitution was a remarkable achievement, Madison expressed more concern than his friend about the fragility of this experiment in self-government. In a well-known exchange of letters, Madison criticized Jefferson’s proposal that the Constitution be revised every 19 years. Such frequent revisions, argued Madison, would undermine the authority of a written constitution, which was enhanced by the “prejudices…which antiquity inspires.”
James Madison is one of my heroes, but he sure missed that one. The Constitutions's antiquity is now seen as its biggest weakness in the eyes of its attackers.
Newer is always better in a society taught by pr men.
The problem is the Constitution is a dead letter. Much of the nullification was done by the Supreme Court, but most of it was done by usage and precedent. For example, the President has the war powers of a Roman emperor, and the Congress has none. Free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion are constrained and might disappear in our lifetimes via laws against hate speech. Nowadays people are routinely fired and ostracized for all sorts of infractions of published and unpublished speech codes. And we have protected and privileged classes who must not be disrespected or incovenienced.
The America experiment is over. A rational personal who values liberty will despise the USA and hope for its early demise.
The great error was the constitutional covention itself. With all its problems, the best constitution was the Articles of Confederation. Uner those Articles, we would have avoided almost all our wars and the evils of empire. Our participation in Europe's civil wars did the world no good. And no doubt slavery would have disappeared peacefully as it did everywhere else in the world. Three-quarters of amillion whites and fully a million blacks died, and for what.