SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) — Fed up with the budget crises and partisan battles that have paralyzed California for years, some influential voices believe it’s time to tear open the state constitution and start anew.
Once dismissed as a hokey gimmick, support for a proposed constitutional convention has been building in the nation’s most populous state. Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has indicated he would back an effort to retool the document to make state government function more smoothly.
I don’t think it’ll ever happen, and if it does, people will wish it hadn’t. Let’s face it, Californians are incapable of self-government. What needs to happen is for some other state to write California’s constitution for them. Maybe Montana. They can make it a fiercely limited-government, and hard to amend. About 20 years of that, and California might almost be back to normal.