What you need to realize is that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. If you want to get it changed, there are clear-cut methods for doing so. But you cannot ignore it just because you don't like it, any more .
This is not to say that your opinion about its effectiveness is not completely wrong, because it is. The US is the most successful country on Earth. Our system, and the stability it brings, is a big part of the reason for that. Without it, we'd be, well, Europe.posted by aaron at 4:01 PM on April 4, 2001
Your idea of a good system of government is "Keeping up with the Joneses?" I don't want a government that's hip; I want one that works. Ours works, far better than anything anyone else has ever come up with.posted by aaron at 4:03 PM on April 4, 2001
Evidence: the 2000 election fiasco.
I consider that evidence for my POV, not yours. In most other countries, a 2000-style mess would have resulted in anything from riots in the streets to an outright coup attempt (the real kind, don't make "we wuz robbed" jokes). We got it settled just fine with the legal structure already in place.
And bringing ourselves up to speed in the areas where we are lagging behind is hardly keeping up with the Joneses. It's called functioning as a part of the global community.
Where, exactly, are we lagging behind? Why are the decisions made by, say, the EU somehow inherently more correct than those made in the US? Just because the EU is made up of more countries?
Being part of the global community sometimes means you don't get your way.posted by aaron at 4:31 PM on April 4, 2001
Even now Bush's popularity is above 50 percent. Thus, most Americans DO.posted by aaron at 5:08 PM on April 4, 2001
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