Numerous studies have shown that of all citizens of modern, industrialized countries, Americans are those most ignorant of subjects critical for citizens of a democracy: history, geography, political science, economics and natural science. Jim Hurst's letter the point.
Hurst accuses progressives of not honoring the Constitution. Have you ever read the Constitution? (It would take you about 15-20 minutes.) Has Hurst?
Have the masses marching around and yelling for a return to constitutional principles ever read it? You might be surprised by the document’s overwhelming blandness; it is basically a simple set of procedures and guidelines for operating the government.
Though written in the midst of great controversy in 1787, there is little in the Constitution to provoke much argument today, and the idea of dishonoring it is just bombast.
Ironically, social conservatives are more likely than progressives to dislike its provisions, such as income taxes (Amendment XVI), citizenship for those born here and due process for all (Amendment XIV), and universal suffrage (Amendments XV and XIX). Social progressives probably dislike only one major point (Amendment II).
Hurst then contrasts democracy with socialism, neither of which he understands. Democracy is a political system; socialism is an economic system. And, in fact, socialism is far more in keeping with democratic ideals than capitalism as it has been generally practiced. This is obvious to anyone with a significant knowledge of history.