Originally Posted by gc70
The Founders were realists; the Article V amendment process recognizes that a substantial enough majority can change constitutional limits.
We should also be realists. Whether polls or public misconceptions about issues should or should not influence lawmaking is far less important than whether they actually do influence lawmaking.
1) The founders provided a method
for altering the constitution. Ignoring it is not the method.
2)Public opinions effecting laws-makers is entirely different than public opinion justifying the lawmakers passing unconstitutional
laws. Yes, we should be realists, and make sure that we do everything in our power to see that such politicians don't get elected/reelected.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.