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Joseph Cassidy, a “global fellow” at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a long-serving State Department official, a part of Yale’s Institute for Global Affairs, and a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, has concluded that it is time for some structural changes to the U.S. government.
Writing in The Hill, Cassidy is advocating for some amendments to the Constitution. “The answer is a constitutional convention, but not one organized under the Article V process.” Instead, Cassidy proposes a “citizen-organized” constitutional convention. Although it could not produce a document with legal status, he argues that it could “establish the parameters of debate” as to what amendments are needed to put into effect what he calls the “need for more extensive structural reform.” He believes that this hypothetical citizen-led convention could “compel politicians to take positions.”
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For the effort to be successful in “generating pressure for reform,” Cassidy contends that a “vigorous media operation” would be required to combat “disinformation and politicized attacks.” One can guess what Cassidy would consider “disinformation and politicized attacks” if the mainstream media is going to be the one combatting it.
It is clear that Cassidy wants the “convention” to adopt certain viewpoint — insisting that delegates “should commit ahead of time to reform principles.” But what if they strayed from the script? “A secretariat should have the power to control the text,” he writes. And just who would select this “secretariat” is left unsaid.
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Lest anyone argue that it is unlikely that the delegates would be of the caliber of James Madison, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton (after all, look who our present electorate has chosen to serve in Congress), Cassidy assures his readers, “America already possesses the equivalent in brain power and constitutional expertise to the ‘assembly of demigods’ who toiled through the hot summer of 1787.” Really? Nancy Pelosi and...
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