I think it is way beyond time for a re-write and update of The Constitution of the United States of America.
Most of us want a change in how government works. Even the founders thought it was a good idea to revisit the basis of our government on a regular basis – saying “Every constitution then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years” – and it is far overdue.
Now, I am not suggesting we scrap the whole thing and start completely over – not by a long shot. I am suggesting that we update the official document of our Democratic Republic. We need to modernize and clarify the language to something that most modern people can easily comprehend the meaning of. We need to remove ambiguity and open-interpretation that plagues our modern politics with arguments over what an article means or says. And, finally, we need to condense it. There have been a lot of laws passed that edit this line or revoke that section – It takes a scholar to keep track of it all.
We need The United States Constitution 2.0
There has already been a digital book written with a proposal – which I am working on reading – by Robert G. Butler. Though, within three pages he has espoused language that I find unsatisfactory.
A prime example is the fact that the Constitution prohibits a standing army – one of the reasons we have been at war for 200 years. Congress has to re-appropriate funds every year or so to keep the military funded and authorized. We were supposed to only have state militias – well trained and disciplined – to call up in case of war or a needed ‘military action.’ Well, that just isn’t the reality any more. I think it is time we face the reality of a standing army and put it in the Constitution. The military is our biggest employer, one of our most sacred institutions – and it is basically unconstitutional.
— work in progress — this post is unfinished