"And as we see now, the failure of the Congress and the White House to agree has already destabilized the country. Countries like Britain and New Zealand have systems of parliamentary supremacy and no written constitution, but are held together by longstanding traditions, accepted modes of procedure and engaged citizens. We, too, could draw on these resources."
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves."
Shakespeare had it right. It's not the Constitution, its us!
First of all, Seidman is complaining of the deadlock that is occurring in our government because of the checks and balances established by the Constitution. Guess what, that's a GOOD thing! It means we have debate before embarking on matters that will have a lasting impact on future generations. When we--Congress that is-- don't, thousands of pages of UNREAD legislation rammed through loaded with small print and endless addendum's that will create havoc with our our society in ways the pen-pushers never dreamed of.
Second of all, to look to the UK and its commonwealth nations "traditions" as superior stability is ludicrous! Centuries of Empire building, colonization, and social class division--Not to mention they still have a figurehead monarch whose lifestyle paid is by its its people who are referred to as subjects, not citizens! Give me a break. The man wants to tear up the Constitutional contract and rewrite a new agreement of relationship between the government and the govern in favor of the former.
Seidman offers a radical hypothetical solution based that the goodwill of men will not be corrupted by unbridled power, if we can just trash that darn Constitution. Obama said the same thing in a radio interview several years before he was elected his first term. Obama clearly saw the Constitution as a obstacle for the Federal government to exercise power freely--which he was correct, but deduced in his intellectual conceit that was a bug, not an essential feature!
Wake up and smell the hubris!
Conscience does not exist if not exercised
"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
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