I agree heartily with most of Gore Vidal's analytical article, but I disagree that a convention should be held. I see a constitutional convention as a total disaster for what few rights we now retain after 200 years of eroding what once was there.
It was interesting, however, Vidal so eloquently stated the problems posed by the far right wingers who would destroy our rights by creating a Bill of Wrongs, yet he neglected to note the assault on the Bill of Rights by the would-be tyrants of the far left who crusade obsessively for the destruction of other portions of the Bill of Rights.
I refer specifically to the efforts of the far left elitists who seek to destroy the Second Amendment, which guarantees the people the right to keep and bear arms. (No matter how you slice it, folks, people did not mean military and police, in 1787. People meant people.)
The Founding Fathers knew well that man's human nature ultimately demands ultimate power over others. The Second Amendment was written by them to make certain the people always had the means to prevent a tyrannical dictatorship, no matter its ideology. To rip this amendment from the Bill of Rights would necessitate the establishment of a Gestapoesque/KGBesque National Police Force with confiscation/incarceration/search and seizure powers that would have made even Hitler and Stalin drool with envy.