BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, YOU MIGHT GET IT.
That is an old wisdom that is very appropriate to an idea that is today being floated in many circles.
"The Constitution is broken and we need to fix it!"
"The Constitution is so broken we need to scrap it and hold a new Constitutional convention to write a new one."
The Constitution itself has obviously been violated, particularly the intent, as can be clearly seen in the wording of the Constitution, and in the surrounding documents, letters and essays, of the Founding Fathers. One does not need a PHD to read and understand the Constitution. It was written in everyday language so every day people, from the Law Offices and Banking Institutions, to the dock worker and the farmer in the field could read it and understand it.
Fix it or write a new one? Let's take a look at the two alternatives as I see them.
Scrap the Constitution and hold a convention to write a new Constitution. I propose it is far easier to fix the Constitution than it would be to write a new one, mostly because there are only a couple of flaws in it; but, the constitution is itself almost perfectly satisfactory, so why throw away the model when it can be fixed? However, this is not the biggest reason I am against the idea of scrapping the Constitution and writing a new one.
My biggest objection is in the people. Consider, the Constitution as it stands today, was written by people who were enculturated in the concept and value of hard work and good character. It was written by men, and for people, who were deeply rooted in the concept that to be in debt was a horrible condition, and for whom to depend on charity of any nature was a shameful condition, reflecting particularly hard on the parents, especially the father. Thus it was written by and for people who understood there would be poverty; but, everyone could see that the way out of poverty was up, through personal wealth creation, not through petitioning government for funds it is not authorized to give. The Constitution was written by and for people who understood and practiced delayed gratification, who understood sacrifice today in order to gain tomorrow, people who looked for opportunity and not a free ride on the public.
Imagine a Constitutional convention held today. Frightening, isn't it.
Who would write the new Constitution? Why it is the inevitable truth that the people who would write the new Constitution would be mostly the same people who have wrecked the Constitution we have now. Can you imagine what would come out of a convention in which it was insisted that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson had a representative's seat. How about a new Constitution written with John McCain and Lindsey Graham as representatives? How about George Soros in the room?
In short, when you accept that a new Constitution would be written by the same folks who are making a hash of the nation under the current Constitution, suddenly the idea of that happening gets to be absolutely scary.
Look at what the leftist crowd has done with the twisted interpretation of the words "promote the general welfare", which they have turned into "provide welfare to ensure a voter base". Look at what has been done with the words "regulate interstate commerce", being twisted by statists of all stripes to mean "dictate trade down to the petty level of how much salt a person can use on his food".
I am against having a new Constitution being written by people who have become virtually insane on power. I am against having a new Constitution written by people enculturated to think that government action and power is the answer to every issue, and written for a people who look to government for a guarantee of every aspect of their lives.
Fix the old one by starting with Art 1, Sec 5, para 2, 1st phrase, "Each house may determine the rules of its proceedings,", and passing an amendment to eliminate that loophole, which is the key to all the corruption in Congress. It allows corrupt people to be corrupt and still remain Constitutional.
To put this in personal perspective, dear reader, imagine you are offered a position as the co-CEO of Walmart, and you are given a blank piece of paper and told to "write your own contract." How good could you make it for yourself in terms of pay, power, and amount of time devoted to actually performing your duties? Now notice nothing is said about that power of writing the contract is limited, you can rewrite your contract at any time, and in any way. Now how good could you make it for yourself? Ah ha, notice it does not say the contract has to be approved by anyone, not at the time of writing or anytime in the future. Now how good could you make it for yourself? Oh, but wait there is more, notice that there is no supervision of your conduct under that contract. Now how good could you make it for yourself.
Under that innocuous little phrase "Each house may determine the rules of its proceedings", the committee system was created. Instant corruption and power, which you will see if you study the committee system.
Under that committee system Harry Reid had over 300 bills passed by the House of Representatives, which he never allowed to be presented to the floor in the Senate for a vote. One man, destroyed completely the primary intent of the Constitution, that intent of "Equal representation" to every single citizen of the USA.
Would you like Harry Reid on the new Constitutional Convention? Be careful for what you wish.