[From JohnS] The Constitution was written at a time when the United States was an agrarian society; today in our industrial society, the phraseology of parts of the Constitution and amendments makes it difficult to apply the intent of its authors to modern situations. Provisions are available to modify the constitution through the amendment process.
How many current legal conundrums could be resolved by amending the constitution? Many, maybe most. After 200 + years, we should consider convening a constitutional convention to study the intent of our founders and place their intent in line with American society today by proposing appropriate amendments. Once submitted by the constitutional convention any amendments would have to follow the process of approval defined in the constitution.
Our founders found it necessary within 3 years to add 10 amendments (the Bill of Rights) to achieve acceptance in their day and it seems logical that additional changes are needed after so many years.
The principal value of convening a constitutional convention is to allow the members and their contemplation of issues to remain outside of the political environment until ready for presentation to the Congress. Members of the convention should not be members of congress or otherwise be politically involved, they should remain beyond pressure from special interest groups and their ilk, as is the Supreme Court today. I am inclined to think that their discussions and debates should be closed.
Convention members could probably be chosen by a process similar to choosing Supreme Court members. Likely members would be constitutional scholars and lawyers specializing in constitutional law but others would be needed to provide a broader understanding of today’s needs.
A constitutional convention seems appropriate. Maybe, it should be automatic every 100 years or so.