A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country

A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country

by Larry J. Sabato

A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country

  • Language: English
  • Category: Politics
  • Rating: 3.64
  • Pages: 342
  • Publish Date: October 2nd 2007 by Walker & Company
  • Isbn10: 0802716210
  • Isbn13: 9780802716217

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Sabato is full of faith and idealism for his fellow Americans.

Sabato posits that the Constitution, while still a mostly-working triumph of liberal democratic thought, is designed primarily for a less educated agricultural past and would benefit from several modifications based on both modern concerns and the insights gained from 200+ years of trial-and-error implementation.

Yet the inclusion of an amendment process (Article V) was somehow not enough evidence to prevent opinion from preferring a rigid, inviolable absolutism.

Larry Sabato was not a name I was familiar with, so it surprised me to see that he is the author of more than 25 books as well as countless essays on politics. (http://www.larrysabato.com/) As the books title suggests, and contrary to political religion, Sabato attacks this sacred cow, proposing that the United States Constitution is an imperfect document. But Sabatos effort is to open the eyes of the populace and thereby trigger a nationally perceived need to address the subject. Patience and open-mindedness will reward the reader with a wealth of political information as well as a plain revealing of the weaknesses in our current structure. It is important for the reader to keep in mind that Sabato does not intend this work to be comprehensive; rather he bad lists only what he considers the most immediate and pressing concerns of our countrys founding papers. In support of his plan to remodel the Constitution, is the assumption that the founders of our great nation could not possibly have foreseen what America would become over the following two hundred and thirty years. As each subject matter is addressed and scrutinized, Sabato seeks to maintain the intent and views of the constitutional drafters in light of modern America. To the degree that it is possible to present a motion to the population with the intent of changing minds and unifying people in a common cause, Sabato is most effective and highly deserving of applause. One may wonder whether he is fully convinced of his own ideology, or whether his ideas are merely attempts to provoke thought within the reader. So what do Americans think about Sabatos ideas? Sabato proficiently states the purpose of this book, and for the most part, defends it well. Admittedly, certain issues and concerns are addressed which require further attention, additional demolition, and stand in greater need of repair than a single written work can specify. If this volume does nothing more than give the reader a deeper understanding of political workings in our country, it will have served a great purpose. The greatest objective of this work is to inspire to action the people of this great nation, to lift themselves from their recliners, and begin the task of restoring the structural integrity of the United States. Today, we are summoned by a call to boldness, a call for we, the people, to step up and take responsibility for our current condition and the condition of our future.

I was curious to see Professor Sabato try his hand at policy and Constitutional law, boldly proposing major Constitutional revision to attempt to alleviate some of Americans' most pressing concerns in their government. First Sabato should be given real credit for bold proposals, some of them logical and needed, and for through research. Instead of proposing his reforms solely for the good the nation, Sabato attempts the kind of piecemeal assemblage that plays to the nation's lowest common denominator; something for liberals here, something for conservatives there. Though Professor Sabato proposes some real common-sense reforms that should be enacted (fair campaign finance reform, contingency plans for government in the case of national disaster) his redesigned government would unquestionably lead to a more powerful Presidency, a weakened judiciary, and a Congress more subject to the whims of the people. While populists are likely to applaud Sabato, real students of governments will be constantly rolling their eyes at his child-like, unwavering trust in the average voter.