The Feb. 15 "Viewpoints" commentary by John Reynolds, "Is the Constitution 'antiquated?'" questioned the wisdom of the Constitution in today's world. He said, "It's tough being a 'constitutionalist'.... You must study the relevant documents including the Constitution, Bill of Rights and amendments and understand them." Of course! Thomas Jefferson warned: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be."
Although his following quote arguably hasn't always squared with his performance, to his credit, Senator Orrin Hatch accurately stated: "The Constitution is not out of date. It is no more out of date than the desire for peace, freedom, and prosperity is out of date. The founders were not custom-building the Constitution for any particular age or economy. They were structuring a framework of government to fit the requirements of human nature. These do not change. What protected the freedom of George Washington will protect freedom for you and me."
John suggested "term limits" for Congressmen and Supreme Court justices who serve for life and are given "a pass on accountability." With respect to John, "term limits" would give a "pass on accountability" for any government official in his lame-duck final term of office. He added: "With Congress, it was assumed that the people would impose term limits at the ballot box. Yet we know that incumbency and the seniority system are a great advantage to those already in power."
None of our nation's social, economic, or national security problems were caused by defects in the original Constitution or Bill of Rights, but federal and state officials violating them, and irresponsible attempts to fix what wasn't broken with subsequent disastrous amendments.
John objected to "The way a president is elected ... and how the roll of the Electoral College has changed over the years." That's because the Constitution's original intent has been hijacked by the Party system
another major source of our nation's problems, including the "great advantage" of "incumbency and the seniority system."