Opinion

The United States should hold a Constitutional Convention in 2026 in Philadelphia.

If the 2016 Election has signaled anything to me, it’s that our political systems are in the process of breaking apart.

The Republican Party’s nomination of Donald Trump, for one, demonstrates how misaligned the “educated” and “uneducated” are. Traditional party leaders would like anyone but Donald, yet Mr. Trump continuously ascends towards the Presidency.

A respected colleague and Stephen M. Ross School of Business graduate had the following remarks about our search for the next President:

It’s become a spectacle and it isn’t about real leadership.

We should have an executive search committee pick a president.

Democracy is flawed.

Perhaps, this person is spot-on in their assessment.

Perhaps, we do not have a real democracy anymore but an illusion of one — shaped and mediated by media, Super-PACs and Lobbyists, private donations, campaign managers and manipulative speech writers, a debt-based banking system, and an education system that is designed to curate obedient thought processes, generate profits, and provide human capital to fuel our biggest corporations.

Thomas Jefferson was a huge proponent of the need to constantly re-examine the Constitution. Mr. Jefferson felt that political processes needed periodic systemic examination so society could evolve and that the existing laws and regulations could not be usurped:

Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of nineteen years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right. It may be said, that the succeeding generation exercising, in fact, the power of repeal, this leaves them as free as if the constitution or law had been expressly limited to nineteen years only. In the first place, this objection admits the right, in proposing an equivalent. But the power of repeal is not an equivalent. It might be, indeed, if every form of government were so perfectly contrived, that the will of the majority could always be obtained, fairly and without impediment.

But this is true of no form. The people cannot assemble themselves; their representation is unequal and vicious. Various checks are opposed to every legislative proposition. Factions get possession of the public councils, bribery corrupts them, personal interests lead them astray from the general interests of their constituents; and other impediments arise, so as to prove to every practical man, that a law of limited duration is much more manageable than one which needs a repeal.” — Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789.

It is not a coincidence that right now, in 2016, the party nominated Donald Trump.

If you are of the opinion that something is not wrong in America, ponder on the fact that we now live in a “P.C. (Politically Correct) Culture”.

Even if the current Constitution could handle our current accelerating societal changes, shouldn’t we be striving for a collectively better, utopia-centered society? One where individuals are free to pursue their passions? One where technology and “work” are aligned in much different ways, with completely different incentives?

Shouldn’t we have a Direct Democracy, where Citizens are able to vote on every issue from their smart phone, securely? The technology for this is just emerging.

With that in mind, the solution is clear:

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD HOLD A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN 2026 (The 250th Birthday of America, our Sesquicentennial!) IN PHILADELPHIA, THE BIRTHPLACE OF OUR NATION, to help us get back in touch with our roots.

Who should the constitutional delegates be?

How will we get the required two-thirds of states to call for such a convention?

What will the new American Constitution look like, specifically?

Determining the answers is the beginning of a 10-year conversation.

Thankfully, we will plan ahead for this one. We will not fall for the Parable of the Boiling Frog. We will have exactly 10 years to talk and discuss openly. To get Democracy right, for once (until the Fourth Constitutional Convention of the United States, in the year 2045).

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