Monday, January 29, 2018

Ryan Cooper writes "America's Constitution is terrible"

Ryan Cooper has an opinion piece in The Week with the provocative title, "America's Constitution is terrible. Let's throw it out and start over."

He starts by saying, " The American Constitution is an outdated, malfunctioning piece of junk — and it's only getting worse."

What's wrong, you say? Well, that damned parchment is interfering with him and his cohorts from governing in the fashion they believe best for all of us. How will we ever turn the United States into a European country with that odious “piece of junk” in the way?

He has a prescription, of course. As the intellectual equal of James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, et al, Cooper defines five brilliant changes to our countries most sacred document.
  1. Get rid of the Senate filibuster—super majorities are undemocratic
  2. Radically change the way House members are elected—gerrymandering is just plain wrong
  3. Neuter the Senate—too damn much power to low-population states
  4. Elect the president from the House—a separately elected president “increases tyranny and undermine democracy”
  5. Throw the entire Constitution in the garbage—git rid of the “ancient, janky mechanisms of the American Constitution”