Stephen22 wrote:“Actually, I believe that they actually thought that American Citizens would hold dear that same values that they had.”
Well that’s not possible, because up to and when the Constitution was ratified, there 6 different political parties with 6 different ideologies and values. The framers and signers were very smart and very wise and DID have a firm grip on common sense ( Ben Franklin actually wrote book called “Common Sense”) and were very astute to history. They knew what they didn’t want and what didn’t work. Whether it took a vast majority or not, the fact that they made it so it could be changed at all was testament to their idea and desire that it be flexible and relevant. BTW, even with two parties , there will always be folks who disagree with any changes, but if the majority wants it, it will be.
Stephen22 wrote: “t was not societies call. It was the elected representatives and the Supreme Court’s call.” Yes, the key word is “ELECTED” , by “We the People”. BTW, if you think that the societies weren’t; directly involved to make the changes to abolish slavery , to change women’s’ suffrage, to end Prohibition, the civil rights movement, to end the Viet Nam war, etc. Those were effected by “We the People” taking to the streets and protesting and redressing the grievances, as spelled out by the Constitution.
Stephen22 wrote: “It takes a huge majority to change the document.” Well, it’s happened 24 times, so it’s not impossible, but when Society feels it’s time for a major change, it becomes a matter of whatever it takes.
So to answer the question, “Is America failing”? IMO, I’d say NO , it’s going on just as it was designed to. What it IS failing to do is to live up to what certain people’s unrealistic Idea of how it should be, so…For instance, some people have an unrealistic idea of what “infringed” means. Not allowing felons and the mentally ill to own guns is NOT preventing law abiding citizens from having guns. Out right banning guns will, so there’s where the line is.