- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 17, 2016

An education watchdog’s Constitution Day interviews on Georgetown University’s campus revealed no shortage of students who said the document is outdated.

Campus Reform asked Georgetown students, who have an average SAT score of 1460 and a high school GPA of 4.01, what they thought of the document George Washington said he would “never abandon.” They overwhelmingly disagreed with the nation’s first president and Revolutionary War hero.

Some of the responses by young “Hoyas,” include:

  • “People definitely take [the Constitution] too seriously, it’s not 250 years ago.”
  • “When it was written, we were considering things that absolutely don’t apply today.”
  • “I feel like sometimes people use the Constitution as an excuse to not think and to not work towards progress.”
  • “I come from North Carolina. There are a lot of people in that area who I think take the Constitution too seriously.”
  • “The Constitution itself and a lot of the amendments are probably taken a little bit too seriously.”
  • “Sometimes we’re afraid to think, I don’t know, in more utopian ways.”
  • “We have to keep updating like we would anything after, you know, like, the dictionary is updated once a week.”

Ironically, the nonprofit group’s video brings to mind a famous story about Ben Franklin being asked what form of government the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia agreed upon in 1787. His answer: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Georgetown students were not shown giving specifics as to which limits on federal power are taken “too seriously,” if they knew the proper amendment process, or which aspects of the Bill of Rights “don’t apply today.”

The U.S. Constitution was adopted in September 1787 and ratified on June 21, 1788.

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