HOT BLAST: Does the U.S. need a new constitution?
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A U.S. flag covers the field at MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants observed the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the Giants and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul Kazdan)
A U.S. flag covers the field at MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants observed the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the Giants and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul Kazdan)
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The moderator's question: Does the United States need a new constitution?

Yes, writes Alex Seitz-Wald:

Put simply, we've learned a lot since 1787. What was for the Founders a kind of providential revelation—designing, from scratch, a written charter and democratic system at a time when the entire history of life on this planet contained scant examples of either—has been worked into science. More than 700 constitutions have been composed since World War II alone, and other countries have solved the very problems that cripple us today. It seems un-American to look abroad for ways to change our sacred text, but the world's nations copied us, so why not learn from them?

No, writes Chris Bray:

The Constitution survived (for example) the long historical moment in which the Weather Underground was routinely bombing government buildings; three of the nation’s top leaders were assassinated; civil rights activists were clubbed and shot and attacked by police dogs and knocked over with firehoses; and churches were bombed, sometimes with children inside them, but it can’t survive any longer, because Ted Cruz. 
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