10 December 2016

Our President, who clearly has some reverence for Martin Luther King, is once again sounding awfully similar to those moderate leaders that King did not hesitate to rebuke when he was in the Birmingham jail.

"There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience."

I have no better words in response to President Obama.  Sir, you talk of being patient with the 'slowness of democracy,' as if the outcome of November's election was at all democratic.  Undoubtedly you would argue that we need to preserve the federal constitution in all particulars, including the Electoral College.  Yet it is facetious to say that our constitution is now perfect, or has been since the last amendment in 1992.

The Electoral College is not suitable for our time.  (This is a widely held opinion among Americans, as you must know.)  You have had a bully pulpit for the last eight years to speak about constitutional reform.  If you are truly worried about the stability of the American system, and also willing to hear a broad range of ideas for changing it, why not call for a constitutional convention? 

I am not pleased that you're turning to the tired rhetoric of aristocratic conservatives such as the Duke of Wellington, who thought institutions were more important than people and resisted the rising tide of democratization in their societies because they saw only howling anarchy and some unspeakable specter of "complete revolution" behind it all.

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