"There is simply no escaping the fact that the fate of the Constitution is in our hands - as voters, representatives, justices. If we allow ourselves to abuse the tradition of higher lawmaking, the very idea that the Constitution can be viewed as the culminating expression of a mobilized citizenry will disintegrate. After all, the American Republic is no more eternal than the Roman -- and it will come to an end when American citizens betray their Constitution’s fundamental ideals and aspirations so thoroughly that existing institutions merely parody the public meanings they formerly conveyed"
- Bruce Ackerman - Sterling Professor - Yale Law
I'm inclined to say we're already at that point, but I'd prefer not to think about it. It's depressing.