What do you think would make for a better government, if you were allowed to make three major changes?:
A. What we have now, but with three major changes (Choose your own 1, 2, and 3).B. What we had in 1790, but with three major changes (1. End slavery 2. extend the vote to all citizens over age eighteen 3. Pass a civil rights act)
I anticipate I'll be alone in choosing B, and I can probably anticipate the arguments: "Things are too complicated today for a Bill-of-Rights+3 kind of government," and "That Constitution was written in the context of an agrarian society," and so on. But I've read the Constitution, and the Federalist (and anti-Federalist) papers, and it has always seemed to me that those guys were writing not for an immediate historical context, but on the basis of principles of Justice. I would be exuberant if we could hit the reset button on this government, with a few minor changes.