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Popofsky ’80 Letter in New York Times

Jodi Perlmuth Popofsky ’80 recently had a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, in response to an opinion editorial called, “Our Imbecilic Constitution.”

“Our system of checks and balances cannot eradicate the politics that often makes our government ineffective; the power to do that rests squarely on the shoulders of the politicians we elect. Blaming the Constitution for the ineffectiveness of our politicians removes accountability from those most responsible,” said Popofsky.

She earned her B.A. in political science from William Smith College.

The full text of her letter in the New York Times follows.


New York Times
Is It Time to Rewrite the Constitution?

Re “Our Imbecilic Constitution,” by Sanford Levinson (Op-Ed, May 29):
Jodi Perlmuth Popofsky • June 4, 2012

The state of American politics is depressing, but radically altering our Constitution is hardly an appropriate solution. Mr. Levinson admires the framers for their willingness to critique and then abandon the Articles of Confederation.

More admirable, really, is the framers’ understanding that they could not possibly know what would happen in the years, decades and centuries that would follow and their ability to create a system to which we reliably and peacefully turn to for guidance.

Our system of checks and balances cannot eradicate the politics that often makes our government ineffective; the power to do that rests squarely on the shoulders of the politicians we elect. Blaming the Constitution for the ineffectiveness of our politicians removes accountability from those most responsible.

More important, changing our system of checks and balances under the guise of neutral constitutional reform could lead to a dangerous and unfettered exercise of power.