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Everything today is a computer. A car used to get you from Point A to Point B if you were lucky. Now it is a self-appointed guardian of your well-being along the way.
We just bought a new vehicle for my wife which does all kinds of neat stuff I really never even thought of before. Eight years ago, when I got my last vehicle, I thought Bluetooth and a backup camera were innovative.
In this day and age now, automobiles will do a lot more for you than the average person would want done for them. All these features, of course, are factory pre-set.
The salesman rather wisely and intuitively as he was describing the various knobs, buttons, switches and screens, said rather nonchalantly:
That one is for settings but you probably don’t want to change those because you might inadvertently alter or deactivate a safety feature.
If you bought a new car recently, you are familiar with warning signals that alert you when it’s unsafe to change lanes or if you drift out of your own while driving. You will also be alerted when you back up if a vehicle is approaching from behind.
There are other safety features, but those are the ones that caught my attention. But, being curious, I had to start wondering what are all those settings and what are the various options for them?
Not wanting to risk viewing them and trying to back out without changing them, I went to the Owner’s Manual in the app for this model of vehicle and looked at what they are. No danger that way of changing anything that shouldn’t be changed.
Since this is not an article about new cars or modern innovations, I do have an ulterior motive in beginning this way. The point is, if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t fool with things you don’t understand.
I really doubt that any of you saw where I’m going with this. The United States of America cannot risk having a Constitutional Convention. We don’t have a James Madison, Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson to keep us from screwing up a perfectly designed Constitution that has survived and thrived for 230 years.
Since the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution were adopted as the Bill of Rights in December 1791, only 17 additional amendments have been added to the Constitution ever since. The 27th Amendment was ratified in 1992.
The ratification process was purposely made strenuous by our Founders. They did not want what they had so arduously and professionally crafted to be summarily changed at every whim or fad. When I was growing up, we still had folks around who remembered when Prohibition was passed as the 18th Amendment and then repealed as the 21st Amendment. That took almost 15 years to negate.
Look around you. How many Constitutional Scholars can you count on the fingers of one hand? Would even the most adamant fan of Donald Trump say that he has the scholarly legal mind of James Madison? He may have the brashness of Andrew Jackson, but personally I wouldn’t have trusted our 7th president with tampering with the Constitution either.
If you started counting at your left thumb, you may appropriately have added Rafael Edward Cruz to your list of Constitutional Scholars in our midst today. Unquestionably, the late Antonin Scalia would also be there if he were still with us.
That leaves four fingers on your left hand and your entire right hand unused in this endeavor to count Constitutional Scholars available to lead a Constitutional Convention and ensure that it does not go awry.
The masterminds behind the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF could surely be trusted with adjusting their pre-set settings. If Madison, Franklin and Jefferson were still here with us, I would absolutely entrust proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to them.
To all the rest, I would tactfully just say: Keep your grubby hands off of our precious Constitution!
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