Is our constitution working???

@Arkie69 (2156)
United States
December 7, 2008 1:53pm CST
The constitution was intended to protect the God given rights of all Americans. If the constitution has been so great a thing and working for us then why in the H*ll have we lost almost all our rights as Americans? It isn't working and never has protected our rights the way it should have. Not the way our fore fathers intended it to. It has stood in our way of making some badly needed changes over the past 200+ years though. If we insist on keeping the constitution it is time it was dry docked and undergo a very serious overhaul.
2 responses
9 Dec 08
I have to agree with you that the Constitution isn't working very well right now. but I don't think that "overhauling" it is the right idea.... It was pretty well designed by moral people who rightly feared an unrestricted government. Changing one word "of" in the Preamble phrase "right to the pursuit of happiness" to "to" would give the Government the power to define "happiness", the power and ultimately the duty to provide "happiness" and the power to imprison anyone who is not content with this "happiness"... What would be more beneficial would be having someone begion challenging all the "un-Constitutional" "powers" approriated by the "Federal Government" During the "War between the States".... Prior to the "Civil War" the national government probably had less than 100,000 employees. During the war it grew to over a million in mostly un-Constitutional activities, thought necessary for functioning during the crisis. The "Federal Government" has never abolished any of those basically un-Constitutional "agencies"....
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
9 Dec 08
You hit it right on the head. The key words are "Moral People". Our constitution was designed to govern Moral people but we ran out of them a long time ago. This gathering of idiots we have in Washington are only concerned with staying in office as long as they can and grabbing all the money they can. The constitution worked perfect in the beginning when moral people were taking office. These people actually cared about the welfare of the American people. This is no longer the case so now we need something that will give the people, (voters) more power over the people in office. Thanks for your post.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
9 Dec 08
I had to read through this thread a few times to make sure I was seeing correctly. As I feared, I read correctly. Then I read again to see if it was written as a joke. Again, nope, not a joke. The only problem with the constitution is the lack of spine in many state governments in enforcing it and the federal government ignoring it. The constitution was not designed to protect rights, but to define them and lay out the restrictions to our government. It is the job of the people to enforce the contract it created. A contract that created the federal government as a subserviant agent of the states and people.