History News Network | How Would You Change the Constitution? Here’s My Proposal.

This is an interesting article and I admire Al Carroll for making such a bold proposal. While I don’t agree will all his suggestions, I agree that “nothing should be so revered that one cannot question it, change it, or discard it, and blind worship is always to be avoided.” We should be able to debate, discuss, and even criticize the Constitution. Jefferson may have had went too far in advocating a new constitution for every new generation, but he correctly saw the value of experience. Jefferson wisely advocated “that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.”[1]


[1] Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval (July 12, 1816) in The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson: Including the Autobiography, the Declaration of Independence & His Public and Private Letters, edited with an Introduction by Adrienne Koch and William Peden. (New York: The Modern Library, 2004.writings): 615-16.

History News Network | How Would You Change the Constitution? Here’s My Proposal..

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One thought on “History News Network | How Would You Change the Constitution? Here’s My Proposal.

  1. Thanks for the kind words. I’ve gotten quite a bit of good reactions to the article. As in your case, not everyone agrees with all my suggestions. Many have interesting counter proposals, well thought out. I’ve compiled them over at my articles on DailyKos. In a few weeks an extended version of A Proposed New Constitution will be out as a book, and I hope it will help the push for a new convention and 2nd constitution. So far 17 states have called for a new one.

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