More Perfect Constitution Ideas to Inspire a New Generation

ISBN-10: 0802716830
ISBN-13: 9780802716835
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Larry J. Sabato
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List price: $19.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.67" wide x 8.33" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

The political book of the year, from the acclaimed founder and director of the Center for politics at the University of Virginia. A More Perfect Constitutionpresents 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 serviceall 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.

Dr. Sabato is an election analyst, a former Rhodes Scholar & Danforth fellow. He has appeared on dozens of nationally broadcast television shows, including "Nightline", "Face the Nation", "The Today Show", "Good Morning America", "48 Hours", "Larry King Live", & the "Jim Lehrer News Hour". He has served on many national & state commissions & is the recipient of more than two dozen major scholarships, grants & academic awards.

Preamble
Creating a Capital Congress
Reforming the Senate
Reforming the House
Congressional Term Limits: Extreme or Mainstream?
Balancing the Budget: Setting the Stage for a Great Convention Debate
Continuity of Government: Preparing for the Unthinkable
Perfecting the Presidency
The Presidential Term of Choice
The Six-Year Term
The Alternative: A Presidential Confirmation Election
A Lengthened House Term (and Changes in the Senate Term)
War-Making Limits: Presidential Downsizing
Item Veto
Fairness for All: Making the Presidency Possible for Americans Who Are Not "Natural-Born"
The New Courts: Supreme But not Eternal
The Error of Lifetime Tenure
Fixed Terms
Not-So-Early Retirement
A Balanced Bench
Power of the Purse
Politics: America's Missing Constitutional Link
Of Parties, Presidential Politics, and the Quadrennial Orgy
The Regional Lottery Plan for the New Constitution
The Electoral College: Mend It, Don't End It
Adding Some Political Rules of the Game for the Twenty-first Century
A Citizenship of Service: Asking what we can do for our Country ... and Ourselves
An American History of Service: Military Calls and Civilian Supplements
The Case for Universal National Service (UNS)
Universal National Service and America's Future
Vox Populi: What do the People Think of Constitutional Change?
The Caution Light Blinks Steadily
Dissatisfaction with the Status Quo
Look Who's Talking
Rasmussen Poll on the Proposed New Constitution
Calling the Twenty-First-Century Constitutional Convention
The Founders' Daring-and Our Timidity
The Legal Netherworld Surrounding a New Convention
Setting the Ground Rules Prior to the Convention
Calling the Convention
After the Convention: Ratification and Its Aftermath
Conclusion: Getting There from Here
Afterword
United States Constitution and Amendments
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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