By Larry J. Sabato
The unique framers absolutely anticipated the structure to be frequently revised by way of succeeding generations to mirror the country's altering wishes; but, except the 10 amendments within the invoice of Rights, it has basically been amended 17 occasions in 220 years, and such a lot of these amendments had minor ramifications. at the present time, partisan gridlock dominates Washington; 17 percentage of electorate choose a majority of senators; the presidency has assumed remarkable and unintentional powers; whereas politicians spend as a lot time campaigning for place of work as they do governing; and normal american citizens think progressively more disconnected from the political technique in order that part or extra do not vote in lots of elections--all of which might have horrified Jefferson and Madison.
Aware that such alterations will not take place simply, Sabato urges us still to have interaction within the debate and dialogue they'll definitely engender. As we head in the direction of a presidential election 12 months, no booklet is extra proper or major than his.
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John F. ” From its beginnings, America has responded to the clarion call of idealism, and has defined itself, almost apart from other nations, as a land of true democracy and liberty, of equality and opportunity for all, of relatively unfettered pursuit of happiness. Of course, these ideals began as the province of a few, but over time, they have become far more inclusive. And it is our intense belief in their reality that drives us to participate in so many good works—and yes, some questionable adventures—both foreign and domestic, whether it is to respond to the needs of tsunami victims or to volunteer time and money at home for community needs or to “spread democracy” to the world.
Yet this is not true for critical parts of the Constitution itself, whose basic structures and systems have largely remained untouched. We need to apply the ageless values contained in the Preamble to the new demands of a very different country than the one that existed in the founders’world. I have written this book to begin a discussion with you about why and how we must do so, and about the potent possibilities of such action. Americans care deeply about fairness and equity, for themselves and for others, and we have made impressive strides since the founding of the Republic.
How about reform of our complicated, special interest–driven tax system that remains a national disgrace—arguably the worst in the industrialized world? This is never a priority. Health care for the millions of uninsured Americans? It always appears to be on the agenda for the next decade or the one after that. A balanced budget so that the nation could begin whittling down trillions of dollars of debt before it completely consumes our ability to meet the growing needs of an expanding population?
A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country by Larry J. Sabato