On Friday, Ryan Cooper said in an article posted at the left-wing “The Week” that the U.S. Constitution is an “outdated, malfunctioning piece of junk” and should be replaced.
— The Week (@TheWeek) January 27, 2018
“When written, the Constitution made a morally hideous compromise with slavery that took a war and 750,000 lives to make right. And while its basic structure sort of worked for awhile in the 20th century, the Constitution is now falling prey to the same defects that has toppled every other similar governing document the world over,” he wrote.
“The truth seems clear,” he added. “America is going to have to overhaul its basic structure of government, or eventually it will fall to pieces.”
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One of the biggest problems with the Constitution as written is it makes changing anything nearly impossible. Other countries regularly ditch or overhaul their constitutions to deal with new problems — and even America has done so in the distant past. When the first stab at a U.S. Constitution proved totally unworkable, Americans of the day didn’t fuss around with stipulations that “the Union shall be perpetual.” Instead they threw the whole thing out and started from scratch.
What Cooper is referring to here is the Articles of Confederation, which didn’t work at all.
So what does Cooper suggest? For starters, he wants a parliamentary system of government similar to those in Europe, and he wants the House of Representatives to select the president:
The point of “separation of powers” was to create a check on tyranny, but it has ironically worked to increase tyranny and undermine democracy. The separate executive branch is a major factor behind the rise of the lawless imperial presidency in the United States, and most other American-style constitutions fell apart due to standoffs between the president and legislature.
How about, no…
The idea of trashing the entire Constitution and its “ancient, janky mechanisms” certainly did get a response. Let’s throw it out and start over?
Let's not. https://t.co/2c8jRun9Fm
— David Suslenskiy (@DavidSuslensky) January 27, 2018
No. No no no. No. No.
p.s. The Constitution is brilliant, especially if we actually followed it. https://t.co/ujRyzsknGB
— Ben (@freedomanddogs) January 27, 2018
At least the left is honest now about its hatred for our system of government. https://t.co/mGlHDiM5da
— Michael (@michael__1776) January 27, 2018
Democrats after losing an election: https://t.co/E8bh7W2Eyx
— Something vaguely far-right sounding (@_Injun_) January 27, 2018
Indeed, this certainly seems like sour grapes on steroids.
Essentially, what Cooper is saying translates to: “My candidate lost, so let’s completely destroy the country so I can have my way.”
Sorry, bucko, that’s not how this works. And trust me, there are a whole bunch of us who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from people like you…
If Americans don't like the Constitution, they can work towards amending it – something we've done 27 times since 1789.
Otherwise, stop complaining. You're free to seek another form of government in another country. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. https://t.co/F6bHpiXhUf
— A Stand Up Girl (@AStandUpGirl) January 27, 2018
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