February 11, 2012
Has the Constitution Lost Its Sex Appeal?
A recent editorial in Investor's Business Daily (IBD) spoke to the lack of appeal among other nations, and among certain elements within our own nation, for our Constitution. Our Constitution is no longer respected as it once was. Nations writing new constitutions don't see it as the prototype to be followed. All have something in common with our president. ... "Among the world's democracies," writes David Law of Washington University in St. Louis and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia, "constitutional similarity to the United States has clearly gone into free fall[.] ... "Over the 1960s and 1970s, democratic constitutions as a whole became more similar to the U.S. Constitution, only to reverse course in the 1980s and 1990s." The New York Times' coverage of this study finds "lots of possible reasons" for the decline. The U.S. Constitution," it says, "is terse and old" and "guarantees relatively few rights." The commitment of some members of the Supreme Court to...(Read Full Article)