In today’s Inventing the People (which I highly
recommend), and as our founders well understood, constitutions are meant to
govern legislatures and the other branches of government and should not be
modifiable by them without approval from some outside body. In our
case it was state constitutional conventions; other alternatives are possible
including multiple referenda. But it is of utmost importance that no
precedent be established that the constitution can be altered or amended by
even a super majority of the body it is most needed to constrain.