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A More Perfect Constitution: Why the Constitution Must Be Revised: Ideas to Inspire a New Generation
     

A More Perfect Constitution: Why the Constitution Must Be Revised: Ideas to Inspire a New Generation

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by Larry J. Sabato
 

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ISBN-10: 0802716830

ISBN-13: 9780802716835

Pub. Date: 07/22/2008

Publisher: Walker & Company

A More Perfect Constitution presents creative and dynamic proposals from one of the most visionary and fertile political minds of our time to reinvigorate our Constitution and American governance at a time when such change is urgently needed, given the growing dysfunction and unfairness of our political system . Combining idealism and pragmatism, and with

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A More Perfect Constitution presents creative and dynamic proposals from one of the most visionary and fertile political minds of our time to reinvigorate our Constitution and American governance at a time when such change is urgently needed, given the growing dysfunction and unfairness of our political system . Combining idealism and pragmatism, and with full respect for the original document, Larry Sabato's thought-provoking ideas range from the length of the president's term in office and the number and terms of Supreme Court justices to the vagaries of the antiquated Electoral College, and a compelling call for universal national service-all laced through with the history behind each proposal and the potential impact on the lives of ordinary people. Aware that such changes won't happen easily, but that the original Framers fully expected the Constitution to be regularly revised, Sabato urges us to engage in the debate and discussion his ideas will surely engender. During a presidential election year, no book is more relevant or significant than this.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716835
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
07/22/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
225,205
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents


Preamble     1
Creating a Capital Congress     19
Reforming the Senate     23
Reforming the House     32
Congressional Term Limits: Extreme or Mainstream?     41
Balancing the Budget: Setting the Stage for a Great Convention Debate     54
Continuity of Government: Preparing for the Unthinkable     69
Perfecting the Presidency     76
The Presidential Term of Choice     80
The Six-Year Term     84
The Alternative: A Presidential Confirmation Election     87
A Lengthened House Term (and Changes in the Senate Term)     93
War-Making Limits: Presidential Downsizing     97
Item Veto     101
Fairness for All: Making the Presidency Possible for Americans Who Are Not "Natural-Born"     104
The New Courts: Supreme But not Eternal     108
The Error of Lifetime Tenure     110
Fixed Terms     115
Not-So-Early Retirement     116
A Balanced Bench     117
Power of the Purse     118
Politics: America's Missing Constitutional Link     121
Of Parties, Presidential Politics, and the Quadrennial Orgy     123
The Regional Lottery Plan for the New Constitution     131
The Electoral College: Mend It, Don't End It     134
Adding Some Political Rules of the Game for the Twenty-first Century     152
A Citizenship of Service: Asking what we can do for our Country ... and Ourselves     154
An American History of Service: Military Calls and Civilian Supplements     157
The Case for Universal National Service (UNS)     166
Universal National Service and America's Future     176
Vox Populi: What do the People Think of Constitutional Change?     179
The Caution Light Blinks Steadily     181
Dissatisfaction with the Status Quo     183
Look Who's Talking     186
Rasmussen Poll on the Proposed New Constitution     190
Calling the Twenty-First-Century Constitutional Convention     198
The Founders' Daring-and Our Timidity     199
The Legal Netherworld Surrounding a New Convention     202
Setting the Ground Rules Prior to the Convention     205
Calling the Convention     211
After the Convention: Ratification and Its Aftermath     216
Conclusion: Getting There from Here     221
Afterword     233
United States Constitution and Amendments     237
Acknowledgments     261
Notes      263
Selected Bibliography     327
Index     335

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A More Perfect Constitution: Why the Constitution Must Be Revised: Ideas to Inspire a New Generation 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Merty More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book for anyone looking analytically at the constitution. If anyone is in disagreement with the way the American constitution runs government, I would strongly suggest reading this book to get a well backed up opinion of the American constitution, and the way it sets up society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago