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Letter: Is the Constitution in need of alterations?

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I have been very active on the Chronicle website and Facebook debating the merits of new gun restrictions.

While thinking about this topic, a thought occurred that I have never seen debated on any forum. Our Founding Fathers were very intelligent men. Arguably, the best the era had to offer.

We have venerated them almost to the point of godhood for their efforts in establishing the form of government we enjoy to this day.

But, alas, they were only men, intelligent and selfless, but also flawed and fallible. What if, for the sake of argument, they got it wrong? After all, these were, by and large, the same men who drafted the Articles of Confederation, a document that was so flawed it lasted mere years and caused a failed rebellion.

How can we assume that a group of flawed, fallible men could create anything that, itself, was anything but flawed and fallible? And if it is flawed, don’t we owe it to ourselves and our descendents to fix the flaws? What are the flaws and how do we fix them? Is the current system of amending the Constitution sufficient to fix the flaws? Could it be improved? Are we fooling ourselves that the current Constitution is all we need, and not in need of replacing after 230 years?

This letter is meant only as “food for thought.” Respectful, reasonable and logical debate is encouraged.

Edward Wilcox

DeKalb

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