Thinking of Gore Vidal

Cover of Planet of the and dog....

In his book “Inventing a Nation” Gore Vidal noted: “from the beginning, Jefferson wanted a new constitutional convention every twenty years or so, while Franklin himself went boldly on record with the prediction that our people would drift into so deep a corruption that only despots could rule them.”

Well, we’re here, later than Franklin might have imagined, but one thinks of Jefferson in this instance as we need a new set of human rights and environmental rights enshrined in our government.

Alas a democratic constitutional convention would be ill advised perhaps, one pictures red state-blue state animus, the MAGA crowd vs. calls for racial justice, equal pay for women and environmental protections…just to name a few.

Who’d host such a convention? Who’d actually represent the interests of honest women and men?

Asking for a friend…

As it is, we’re being ruled by a despot and there’s no way around it.

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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