The Constitution Is Basically Fine the Way It Is

Detail of Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 (Wikimedia)
Rewriting the document is a fun academic exercise, though.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t’s hard to change the Constitution. But it’s not so hard to get legal experts to talk about how they want to change the Constitution. So in a fun exercise, the National Constitution Center (NCC) recently asked teams of heavy-hitting conservative, liberal, and libertarian scholars to rewrite the document however they wanted.

The results are, more than anything, a testament to the enduring power of the original.

All three groups reworked the existing rules rather than starting from scratch. In their introduction, the libertarians recall joking that “all we needed to do was to add ‘and we mean it’ at the end


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