In Time, Fareed Zakaria argues that the American Constitution has created a dysfunctional political system. From the piece:

I believe that the Constitution was one of the wonders of the world — in the 18th century. But today we face the reality of a system that has become creaky… And if one mentions any of this, why, one is being unpatriotic, because we have the perfect system of government, handed down to us by demigods who walked the earth in the late 18th century and who serve as models for us today and forever… America’s founders would have been profoundly annoyed by this kind of unreflective ancestor worship…America’s founders were modern men who wanted a modern country that broke with its past to create a more perfect union.

 

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