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September 1, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Constitution shows lack of wisdom

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Nicholas Kristof in a recent column asserted that humans today are much smarter than past humans and IQs are considerably higher.

If we agree with Kristof, we can find ample evidence of the soaring IQs when we ordinary Americans look at the U.S. Constitution and notice how the Constitution is lacking in circumspection and wisdom, if not the ability to communicate effectively.

The Second Amendment can be interpreted in at least two conflicting ways, suggesting a careless writing style, muddled thinking, and an inability to distinguish between arms for defense and recreation and arms used in warfare.

The Electoral College is undemocratic and unjust.

The three supposedly co-equal branches of government are not truly co-equal because while there seems to be checks and balances between the executive and the legislative branches, there is no check on the Supreme Court.

We would never have agreed to counting slaves as 3/5 of a man.  We would have given women the right to vote right off the bat.

We would have granted the president the right to borrow money to pay for expenditures already approved by Congress.

We would have incorporated the Bill of Rights in the original Constitution instead of adding it as an afterthought by passing the first 10 amendments.

Either we come up with a new amendment that corrects all the obvious mistakes in our Constitution (hard), or we pass a brand new Constitution (harder still).

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