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Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Begin Correcting It)
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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Publication date August 31, 2006
Pages 231
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195307511
ISBN-10 0195307518
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Original list price $82.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Constitution is one of the most revered documents in American politics. Yet this is a document that regularly places in the White House candidates who did not in fact get a majority of the popular vote. It gives Wyoming the same number of votes as California, which has seventy times the population of the Cowboy State. And it offers the President the power to overrule both houses of Congress on legislation he disagrees with on political grounds. Is this a recipe for a republic that reflects the needs and wants of today's Americans?

Taking a hard look at our much-venerated Constitution, Sanford Levinson here argues that too many of its provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Less important, perhaps, but certainly problematic, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today.

Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to take our basic constitutional structures for granted. Levinson boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values.


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