You can address this problem with constitutional amendments, and I think that many are worth considering: The structural shifts in our government have indeed empowered insiders and the expense of the citizenry. But underlying these shifts is a deeper problem of values, one that I doubt can be fixed by passing a few amendments. Perhaps, to use the words of a once-promising presidential candidate, we need to “fundamentally transform” America. Into, you know, a country that works for everyone, not just the fat-cats at the controls.
Frankly, I don’t think anything is going to change, because nothing has really changed, including people, many of whom are stupid, lazy, frightened, ignorant, apathetic, or nihilistic.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I support Levin’s initiative to call an Amending Convention, and I also like the idea of a House of Repeal, whose judgements are subject to no higher authority. But I don’t really believe any of them will ever be achieved.
I think we’ll most likely keep right on meandering down the path deeper into a soft – or hard – socialist tyranny, as America grows older, more tired, more enfeebled, less hopeful, less free, and less able or desirous of doing anything about it.
Why? Because a seemingly unalterable fact of human nature is that it is easier and safer to do nothing than to do something. Unless we can change that – and I don’t think that we can – then our future is, at this point, more or less ordained.