He isn't the first Democrat to ponder such a scenario but potential 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke is questioning the need for the U.S. Constitution.
The former congressman, who drew fawning media coverage for his near-defeat of Sen. Ted Cruz, opined to The Washington Post that progress -- or the left-wing version of it -- can't happen under the current restraints of the U.S. Constitution.
He went on to ask if an "empire" -- meaning the United States -- can be "managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago."
"When you have a very popular political figure openly questioning the relevance of the United States Constitution," responds American Family Association attorney-political analyst Abe Hamilton, "you really, really have to ask yourself whether or not we are dealing with someone who is for America as we know it."
"The man's an ignoramus --- unfit for federal office," he tells OneNewsNow.
"It's worth taking these questions seriously," writes David French at National Review Online, because the Constitution isn't a sacred document and it can be amended if it is harming the Republic.
But, he continues, "many of our dysfunctions are the result of abandoning the Constitution, not of embracing it."
Natelson, who is a constitutional lawyer, says the founding documents are more than just old and noble words.
"We're tied together as a people by a common political ideal expressed in the Declaration of Independence," he says. "Before Beto seeks higher office, what he really needs to do is maybe take a good course in American history."
O'Rourke is consistently among the top names in the crowded field of Democratic candidates who are potential 2020 nominees.
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