So recently I read Plain, Honest Men, a book about the constitutional convention, I have read several thousands of pages (really!) of pages on the constitution over the past two years, and I have read wildly divergent takes on its "true meaning", and on what can and should and MUST be done with it.
No one seems to question the idea that the constitution, and its subsequent ratification are good things. They may be abused, they may have flaws, but it is essentially...well, essential to our history that they were eventually agreed upon by the states .
If it hadn't been so brilliantly written (and it was brilliant, if only from a political and political-philosophy standpoint), it would not have been adopted by all the states, and today, we would most likely simply be a large conglomeration of countries.
My question is, so what? why is it necessarily so great that I have to live in the same country as people from jerk states!
If we were all different countries...would it be so bad? Would Alabama be in the third world? Would we have better rail systems and more backpackers? Would we all hate immigrants from the Dakotas?