Is the Constitution still for the people?

Re: Bill Steigerwald's article "Constitution Needs Revamping" which concerns the ideas of one Larry Sabato.

As I see it we have already had too much tinkering with our Constitution by previous generations and we are now seeing the political results.

If we need any term limits, it is in the Legislature. The need for term limits is caused, in my opinion, by the lack of participation by the people in the operation of their government, that is, government by consent of the governed. Thus, limits are used to prevent lifetime careers by people who would feed at the public trough, for personal gain, as long as possible.

One of the reasons the founders wanted only American-born to be eligible for the presidency was that they felt that only native-born citizens would have true and complete loyalty to this nation and not to some other nation. This feeling appears to have been debunked by some of our more recent presidents.

The superstructure of our Constitution is, despite Mr. Sabato's opinion, not in good shape. It has been under assault by tinkerers and tweakers for decades. The separation of powers doctrine is a prime example. This doctrine, on which our government was constructed, was meant to prevent one branch of government from exercising the powers and duties rightfully belonging to either of the other branches. I'm not sure what Mr. Sabato means by a political article, but our Constitution was not meant to be a political instrument. It was meant to be a contract of restraint by which the people could control their government, that is, Mr. Jefferson's statement about binding government down with the chains of the Constitution.

What the founders would be astounded by is the way the citizens of this nation have allowed the tinkerers, tweakers and professional politicians to hijack their government.

The founders didn't intend to create a document by which to control the evolution of society or the development of technology. The purpose of the Constitution is to provide a framework by which to operate and control our government successfully through the centuries.

Constitution conventions are a scary proposition, at best, since there are no rules or limitations on their actions, that is, our first Constitutional Convention was called to revamp the Articles of Confederation, not to form a new nation. Unfortunately, I don't think we have anyone in power in this nation today who has anywhere near the wisdom of those who met in Convention Hall in Philadelphia during that long, hot summer.

As I see it, the only revamping that needs to be done concerning our Constitution is to restore this beautiful old vehicle to its original beauty and then to re-shackle this government under that Constitution, our original Constitution.

Mel Houser

Kingman