John Archibald, the metro columnist for the Birmingham News, has written an excellent column on constitutional reform and the need for bipartisan cooperation and action in Alabama, wrapped around the OTM Dems forum on Tuesday night.
Fixing Alabama’s constitution will be hard. It will require work, good sense, tenacity, selflessness and faith in people who don’t always seem to deserve it.
Reform – a complete replacement by constitutional convention or article-by-article repair through the Legislature – is not and cannot be a partisan issue.
It’s time, as [former Gov. Albert] Brewer said, for a “bold and daring effort.”
He and the others were right. Alabama should think enough of itself to take a shot.
After all, as [Lenora] Pate read from the current constitution Tuesday, all political power is supposed to rest in the people. They have an inalienable right to change their form of government.
That’s right. So I’ve got your preamble for the 21st century.
We are the people of Alabama. This time, we’re going to run this place.
Go read. Then start calling your legislators.