How important is the U.S. Constitution to you? How well do you understand the Bill of Rights? Newspaper forums and Facebook are filled with negative comments about political issues. The ConstitutionCafe provides the opportunity for people to have invigorating and polite discussions concerning the Constitution.
According to their website,
Jefferson’s visionary antidote for societal stasis in American democracy, as he told the historian Sam Kercheval, was to take periodically “as a tally, every provision of our constitution, and see if it hangs directly on the will of the people.” Those provisions that turn out not to reflect the people’s will, he believed, should be entirely redone. “Let us then go on perfecting [the Constitution],” he urged, by supplanting “those powers which time and trial show are still wanting.”
Constitution Café springs from this idea: What if Jefferson’s radical proposal was put to the test in some way today? To be sure, he had in mind that this constitutional makeover would be undertaken every 20 years, and over 200 years have passed since he first proposed it. But better late than never.
I’m in the process of starting a ConstitutionCafe chapter in my community. How about you?