STATHI, Skypixie0, and Kosher
The thing about writing code is that it can be most readily judged on whether the written code does what it is written to do. Beyond that, the judgment is of the efficiency and elegance ( Quality?) that the program displays in accomplishing its task ( A Program which performs its task in 5 lines is more efficient than one that takes 150 lines, but the more efficient may not be as precise, etc. - “Elegance” or “Quality” is the perception of the “Best” way for the task to be accomplished.
One must note that “Best” does not remain “Best” for all purposes. A program that pays your bills by letting anyone who claims a debt “write” himself a “check” from your bank account, would certainly ease your need to worry about forgetting to pay bills. In the real world, it lacks a certain “security”-- yet this is what owners of joint checking accounts “grant” to each other. (and you grant to anyone to whom you give your credit card number)
The “Constitution” is not so much a “program” as a “Meta” program” it is a program that aids in the writing of “laws” that will both endure, and be respected by persons of “Free Will”. That it doesn't grant “Free Will” choices to persons of limited “Free Will” ( Women, Slaves) is an artifact of the times, not a deficiency in the program. It works for those who now, admittedly “late”, are granted access to the program- I would point out that those who grant access are like unto the money changers and priests of the temple, How they perform their functions is not an “evil” of the program itself. The document governs the behavior of persons of “Free Will” who nevertheless are aware of their standing and relationship to the rest of their community and to Being itself. (God). In the circumstances that applied when the program was written, it was and is tremendously “Elegant” and of the utmost Quality.
Any program may be thwarted in its operation by the people who are operating the machine on which the program runs. I remotely troubleshot county government computers in the '90's over the phone lines via 28.8 modem. The biggest problem was always getting someone in the clerks office to hook up the modem, since most of our clients didn't at that time give the computer its own dedicated phone line, it most often shared ta line with a fax machine, and had to be manually reconnected.
That was bad enough without factoring in the paranoid County Clerks who kept the modem locked in a drawer, lest anyone get on their machine and “steal” “Their data” I always wondered just what part of the public records they kept they were most worried about people seeing..... Obviously some of the court cases made interesting reading..
Our problem at present is whether we wish to note that the program ( The Constitution) still functions rather elegantly, once unencrusted from all the crap with which the Lawyers in congress and bureaucracy have seen fit to encrust it , or whether we fall into the mini micro management of “social justice” and parceling out the “Swag” looted from the dead carcass of our republic.
Our decision is to either clean off the Constitution and carry on as a nation of “Free Will” individuals governed both by an elegantly tailored set of restrictions on the power to tyrannize, and an innate sense of the wholeness of our community and of all things, or whether we fall to the current practice of letting large and small gangs of lawyers chew the program to rags. Once the rats have chewed out the wiring of the machine, it will be hard to run ANY program.