I read an interesting humor piece in this weekend’s WSJ by Scott Adams (creator of “Dilbert”) titled What if Government WEre More LIke an iPod? The point of the piece is adapting government to the internet age.
In the modern era, it doesn’t make sense for a candidate to trek all over the country in a bus. If I may be blunt, citizens who change their political views after shaking hands with a candidate, or seeing him eat grits in a diner, probably shouldn’t be voting.
It’s funny because I have always thought that.
Where I tend to disagree with Adams is at the end of his piece where he talks about the Constitution:
The most common objection to a [new] constitutional convention is the popular belief that the Constitution is so perfectly crafted there’s no room for improvement. To them, I offer a thought experiment. Imagine that Thomas Jefferson pops back to life today. Do you think he’d say the Constitution is working great? Or do you think he was the sort of guy who always thought things could be improved? (Hint 1: Monticello.) (Hint 2: The American Revolution.)
Imagine showing Jefferson the Internet. I think he’d immediately launch a start-up, design three apps and propose a new form of government that leverages social networks, all before lunch.
If James Madison came back, he’d be peeved that he was the primary author of the Constitution and we honor his memory by not caring when his birthday is. When he stopped whining about that, and noticed that the system he designed has turned into a congealed ball of lard that eats money and excretes red tape, he’d probably be more humble about his contribution.
Actually, I think the Constitution is fine. It’s our politicians not adhering to it that’s the problem. If the Constitution had a glitch, it was that “promote general welfare” clause (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1). That one clause has done more harm than good. Of course, that’s my opinion. You may have your own opinion.