Once in a while, it's prudent to remember that the United States is an experiment. Like all experiments, it's outcome is uncertain and it's going to produce some anomalies and unforeseen outcomes from time to time. I think that's where we are at right now. We don't look the same as we did in our founding days, that's supposed to be part of the experiment. Can we design a system that is dynamic, that can be augmented to suit the times?
America may not look the same in 8 years. But it hasn't look the same... ever. It's a work in progress.