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  •  The Constitution itself contains the rule of law (7+ / 0-)

    process for democratically approved change over time in the words of Article 5.  Therefore, I would argue that The Constitution, even as it was first conceived, was structurally designed to allow for improvement by the people and for the people following due process, making it a living, changeable, supreme body of law for the ages. And, your own argument demonstrates how well Article 5 has actually been used over time, so I don't get your concerns.

    The only structural concern I have about The Constitution is that it was designed with checks and balances for political power, but IMO, it did not, by design, provide adequate checks on economic power.  We do have the means to do so with legislation like Glass Steagall, but we have also seen how economic power can be used to undo such legislative checks on itself.  

    Jefferson, from The Library of Congress, letter to John Taylor in 1816::

    On this view of the import of the term republic, instead of saying, as has been said, "that it may mean anything or nothing," we may say with truth and meaning, that governments are more or less republican as they have more or less of the element of popular election and control in their composition; and believing, as I do, that the mass of the citizens is the safest depository of their own rights, and especially, that the evils flowing from the duperies of the people, are less injurious than those from the egoism of their agents, I am a friend to that composition of government which has in it the most of this ingredient. And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

    But, this concern does not in anyway take away from my agreement with teacherken's position regarding appreciation for the fundamental principles in this diary.  And, I can hope that The Constitution may yet still be used to provide those checks needed to balance economic power.  

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    by bkamr on Wed May 05, 2010 at 04:00:12 AM PDT

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