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 in simple terms been amended 17 instances in 220 years, and such a lot of these amendments had minor ramifications. this day, partisan gridlock dominates Washington; 17 percentage of citizens select a majority of senators; the presidency has assumed unparalleled and accidental powers; whereas politicians spend as a lot time campaigning for workplace as they do governing; and typical american citizens think progressively more disconnected from the political strategy 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 interact within the debate and dialogue they'll without doubt engender. As we head in the direction of a presidential election yr, no ebook is extra proper or major than his.
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Mason continued: That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community; of all the various modes and forms of government, that is best which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety . . 19 This eye-popping paragraph, along with the Declaration of Independence, establishes the right of revolution, just as the colonists were exercising that right. It also ascertains the right to reform and alter the government, as required by the times.
Some of the reforms proposed in this book will be highly controversial. Others will be merely obvious—almost consensual and commonsensical. No one will agree with all of them, and a vigorous debate is guaranteed. That debate has raged in my own mind over the many years that I have spent formulating these ideas. A NEW CONVERSATION ABOUT TIMELESS AMERICAN VALUES My purpose in writing this book is to start a creative conversation—the kind of discussion Jefferson thought would happen naturally every couple of decades.
9 In each chapter to come, on the presidency, the Congress, the courts, the political process, and a Bill of Responsibilities, I will suggest some ideas that fit today’s country. 10 Only Americans who are well versed in the law know that the framers gave us two separate methods to change the Constitution. By the first method, outlined in Article V, two thirds of both houses of Congress must approve a constitutional amendment, forwarding it to the states for ratification. Only when three quarters of the state legislatures (currently, thirty-eight of the fifty) assent to the amendment does it become part of the Constitution.
A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country by Larry J. Sabato