VIDEO: Georgetown students say Constitution outdated, overrated

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  • In advance of Constitution Day, Campus Reform interviewed students at Georgetown University, many of whom suggested that the founding document should be eliminated or replaced because it is too old and "vague."
  • Several students expressed frustration over the extent to which the Constitution factors into political debates because it includes limitations on the powers of government.
  • Friday is Constitution Day, so Campus Reform stopped by Georgetown University to speak with students about their opinions of the document upon which our nation was founded.

    When asked about the modern relevance of the Constitution, most students made their opinion clear: the Constitution isn’t something to take too seriously.

    “People definitely take [the Constitution] too seriously, it’s not 250 years ago.”   

    “People definitely take it too seriously, it’s not 250 years ago,” one student complained.

    “It’s maybe not as important as it was when it was written… times have obviously changed,” concurred another.

    Echoing the sentiment that the Constitution has lost relevance with age, another student observed that “when it was written, it was vague and using language we don’t really use anymore…”

    Still another student opined that the document actually limits our nation’s potential, saying, “Our path-dependent reliance on the Constitution” limits many Americans from thinking “in more Utopian ways…”

    Tying the document into modern politics, many students expressed displeasure with the way elected officials allow the Constitution to influence their decisions.

    “A lot of arguments end with ‘This is what the Constitution says, therefore this is what it is,’” lamented one. “I feel like sometimes people use the Constitution as an excuse to not think.”

    Watch the full video to see the rest of the outrageous responses!

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