I stumbled on this analysis
from The New Yorker of exactly how un-amendable the US constitution has become. A few quick highlights:
- We’ve tried to abolish the Electoral College a lot, dating as far back as 1799.
- Amendments typically pass in groups on the back of major political revolutions - but the fact that only one amendment passed after the 1960s is a sign that things may have ossified. The author ties this to the rise of constitutional Originalism, originally outlined by Robert Bork in 1971.
- For better or worse, the US has one of the lowest constitutional amendment rates in the world. (But also, the average written constitution worldwide only lasts about seventeen years. I would love to see the distribution on that, though.)
Regardless of whether you think the federal constitution should be more amendable, it seems like state-level politics is the real battleground at the moment, and Republicans have been pretty dominant
there over the last 15+ years.