NY Times Says: Trash the ‘Broken Constitution’

The New York Times

(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – The Constitution of the United States of America is “broken,” hampers “real” freedom and democracy, and ought to be abolished, according to a guest article in The New York Times written by two law professors from Ivy League schools.

“The real need is not to reclaim the Constitution, as many would have it, but instead to reclaim America from constitutionalism,” write authors Ryan D. Doerfler of Harvard and Samuel Moyn of Yale.

“The Constitution Is Broken and Should Not Be Reclaimed,” proclaims the headline of their article, which attacks what it calls “some centuries-old text” as “famously undemocratic.”

The authors argue the losses that “liberals” register in the Supreme Court aren’t due to the justices misinterpreting the Constitution but to some inherent flaws of the 246-year-old document.

In their view, the Constitution “directs us to the past,” which “aides the right” since the right is trying to adhere to “what it claims to be the original meaning of the past.”

As they put forth their vision of doing away with the American Constitution, Doerfler and Moyn slam progressivists for spending the past 50 years trying “regain ownership of our founding charter.”

They wonder why progressivists have even sought to “justify our politics by the Constitution or by calls for some renovated constitutional tradition.”

“It would be far better if liberal legislators could simply make a case for abortion and labor rights on their own merits without having to bother with the Constitution,” Doerfler and Moyn state.

The authors then propose even more technical changes that are supposed to benefit the leftist cause – such as “packing the Union” with new left-voting states.

“One way to get to this more democratic world is to pack the Union with new states. Doing so would allow Americans to then use the formal amendment process to alter the basic rules of [politics] and break the false deadlock that the Constitution imposes through the Electoral College and Senate on the country, in which substantial majorities are foiled on issue after issue,” the NYT guest authors write.

They urge Congress to set up a “more democratic order” replacing the Constitution so that the US government is determined by today’s voters, not by “some foggy past.”

“A politics of the American future like this would make clear our ability to engage in the constant reinvention of our society under our own power, without the illusion that the past stands in the way,” Doerfler and Moyn conclude their attack on the American Constitution.

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