I wish you had made some stronger criticisms of the Constitution fetish than that it denies voter representation to the residents of the District of Columbia (“Con Job,” 12/25). The U.S. Constitution was specifically designed to produce the most deadlocked system of government possible, and its main beneficiaries were Southern slave owners, the Ku Klux Klan, and organized crime.

It also led to the Civil War. If Alexander Hamilton had written the Constitution, instead of James Madison, there would have been a strong central government, and slavery would have been abolished, along with states, as soon as the Constitution was ratified. So much for the Civil War and that Nazi doctrine: states’ rights.

You might even give up the democratic delusion altogether. There never was a democracy, any more than a dictatorship of the proletariat, or an upside-down pyramid, or an anarchy government. There is only strong government and weak government. I recommend strong government. A strong government may be good or bad, but weak government is always rotten government. Anarchy is even worse. Somalia is a good example of anarchy in action.

Alexandria, Va.