EJ Dionne has a piece on reverence for the Constitution that is basically of the flavor: we shouldn’t revere the Constitution, in part, because the Founding Fathers didn’t. This is a good argument. Except that EJ Dionne seems to forget something amid a few good points. Namely, he forgets that the Constitution can be amended!!!
A document like the Constitution is great because it, in principle, restrains and defines what government can and cannot do. It is not great – indeed, it is not anything – if it is ignored. EJ Dionne is basically proposing that we ignore the Constitution. The proper solution is to amend the Constitution which is doable and always has been.
“That we refuse to think clearly about the matter before us shall be the bane of our longevity.”