What undermines the Constitution is not only the continual sidestepping or outright ignoring of its principles, but outright violations of its terms. The Founders, riding on the crest of the Enlightenment, were well aware of the difficulties in establishing and maintaining a government for and by the people. History has shown that democracies over time sadly devolve into oligarchies. The tragedy of these United States is how quickly the process has taken place over the last 2 centuries, especially accelerating over the last decade. Government, as George Washington observed,
"...is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
To contain the force of government, the Constitution divided power among government branches; these walls have eroded, and that erosion of the separation of powers is why the Office of the President has power never intended for it, and why federal elections are so contentious. It explains the cancerous growth of government, where agencies set policies and enforce them as law, without accountability to those they govern. It is the root cause as to why government has become large and elitist, and in the process, stripped citizens of their freedoms. As Patrick Henry observed,
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."
The more government, the less freedom; the less government, the more freedom. The Constitution is not outdated; it is ignored. Living by its terms would solve many current day issues. Because of the abuses government has perpetrated upon the founding documents, I propose the following amendment, which serves not to define a "right," as so many believe amendments do, but to restrict government:
Section 1. "Congress shall make no law from which itself is exempt."
Congress gets to endure social security and broken health care like the rest of us. No special sweetheart deals at our expense.
Section 2. "Nothing shall have the force of law unless enacted by Congress."
Downsize and eliminate bureaucracy. The president's special commission on blahdedy-blah has no bearing nor regulation on anyone's freedoms. Congress is once again responsible for creating and repealing law. Don't like a law? Hold them accountable.
Section 3. "No law enacted by Congress shall remain in force longer than 7 years, unless re-enacted before expiration."
Bad laws need to die, good laws need to survive. The appropriate function of Congress is to debate, enact, and repeal. This forces them to start doing their job again, and to function appropriately as the legislative arm of government.
Section 4. "Each member of Congress shall receive per annum a $25,000 stipend."
"Public Service" should be just that. It should be more like jury duty.
Section 5. "No limitation of representation shall apply to either House of Congress."
Two senators for each state for the Senate, and more importantly, no cap on the number of representatives from each state in the House. 435 seats (set by Congress in 1911!) is not adequate for the current population (then again, if the 7 year rule was in place, this would not be an issue. But it is the reason campaign spending is out of control.)
Attach this amendment to the Constitution, and then see who cares who spends what or how they spend it for an election.