So, I've been thinking about this general topic for a while now. I think that the way this country is run, organized, divided up into states and all that shit needs to be completely redone. Everything right up to and including tearing up the Constitution and writing a new one. There is very, very little that we do today that we have done the same basic way for 250 years and is as integral to the way our lives unfold as the system of gov't with which we live.
For instance, what the hell is with the way states are organized and divided up? Why should they be along some 18th century, geographical boundary anymore? How about belonging to the same state of MIND instead of the same geographical area? How about more states in general, like 150 instead of just 50? California alone should be broken into several states, as should NY and Texas.
I understand the whole concept behind checking the power of the majority with the Senate and the House. But I think things are way too far out of balance in that respect now. It is totally out of whack when some shithole, outback state like Alaska has the same amount of Senators as a state like Texas or California. I'm not saying that we should have 100 Senators and Alaska gets one, but perhaps Alaska gets one and states that are huge like Texas and California get a dozen. It would still maintain the basic system where the Senate can "check" the potential tyranny of the majority in the House.
I also think there is absolutely no reason why we can't rewrite the Constitution in more modern terms. It's an outdated document, period. The values that the Constitution promotes and the idea of protecting basic, inalienable human rights is NEVER outdated, but the method of protecting such things CAN become outdated and I think our current Constitution is one such thing. I don't think it is a perfect document by any means, and it never was. At best, it represents the culmination of a series of compromises between two basic factions within our Founding Fathers, and I don't think that any of them were 100% satisfied with the result in and of itself. I think it was the best that they could come up with given the times and the circumstances, but I don't think that any of the Founding Fathers would agree that it was a perfect document in an absolute sense. That will never be achieved, but I certainly think that the best and brightest minds in this country today are more capable of coming up with a more appropriate document for current society than the Founding Fathers were. They did an incredible job under circumstances far more difficult and with much more uncertainty than anything we would face today if we were to rewrite the Constitution, but the fact is that the country is a much different place now than it was then. If a piece of paper is going to be what ultimately lays out how my inalienable rights are going to be protected, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect that document to be written by people living in the times that I live in or by people who lived in times much more comparable to the ones I live in.
The Constitution originally didn't even contain a Bill of Rights, since enumerating rights back then were seen as something necessary only within a gov't like a monarchy where the monarch's rights and the people's rights were inherently different. Enumerating the rights were basically a way of laying out for a monarch too ignorant of or totally unable to comprehend the idea of the people having rights in the first place. The thinking was that in a republic the people all would have such virtue that a Bill of Rights was unnecessary or redundant. It was added to our own Constitution as the result of a compromise between Madison and the anti-Federalists who worried that a strong central gov't would eventually need to be "reminded" of the rights that the people and the individual states had. That's a pretty big change/addition to the Constitution. I don't see why we can't continue to make wholesale changes, including tearing it up and starting over. Obviously, many of the same, integral parts of the original Constitution would find their way into the new one, but some of the bullshit, fluff and/or ambiguity could be removed.
What do you guys think? Should we tear it up and start over? Should our system of representation change? What other fundamental changes to the way this country runs should we make?