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Letter: Vote out ineffective leaders rather than scrap Constitution

A letter in The Times on July 19 asked the American people to scrap our 230-year-old Constitution. I realize a large number of citizens feel this way. I am not sure why.

Nowhere in our Constitution does it say what citizens can or cannot do. Our Constitution specifically sets forth how government is organized in order to preserve, protect and defend its citizens, red, yellow, black and white.

Room to debate term limits for elected officials is insufficient here. Federal judges, in general, are often changed by sitting presidents. The justices of the Supreme Court were not mentioned. Ousting a president is hard except when one is voted out of office.

Our Constitution is changeable; witness 27 amendments have occurred, 11 of those since 1913. The 18th Amendment took away alcoholic beverages and it was repealed by the 21st. The 19th gave women the right to vote. The 24th gave all citizens the right to vote, removing local or state restrictions on some, namely black citizens.

The idea is that amending our Constitution makes it hard to keep up with changing times. Really?

Have we forgotten we hire our elected leaders? They are our employees; our taxes pay their salaries, retirement and multiple perks. Remember what President Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg: “government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” If our employees are not doing the job for us, we should fire them by voting them out of office.

George C. Kaulbach


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