Letter: New constitution needed

April 20, 2014 

It's interesting. There are tons of political and social rhetoric worshipping the U.S. Constitution. It's called the "greatest founding document in history." It made us the greatest country in the world, they say.

Yet at the same time, there are equal amounts of complaint about what this country has become, and justifiably so. A Princeton study concluded that "economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence." We are no longer a true representative democracy. We are no longer the greatest country in the world, by any measure.

So what is to blame, if not the Constitution itself? One could try and claim that the politicians in power have strayed from the Constitution, and maybe this isn't far off. But even if this is the case, isn't their power derived from the people, a right guaranteed by the Constitution? It all traces back to that holy, flawed, founding document.

The point: the Constitution for this country has expired; it no longer functions. It's time for a new one. Call me un-American if you'd like, that's not much of an insult anymore.

MICHAEL VOWELS, Richland

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