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Sabato, Larry
A more perfect constitution : 23 proposals to revitalize our Constitution and make America a fairer country / Larry J. Sabato
1st U.S. ed
New York : Walker & Company : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2007
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  KF4550 .S22 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject United States. Constitution
Subject(s) Constitutional law -- United States
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Subject(s) Political participation -- United States
Constitutional amendments -- United States
Physical Description viii, 342 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-330) and index
Contents 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 -- The Presidential term of choice -- The 6-yr term -- The alternative: a presidential confirmation election -- A lengthened House term (& changes in the Senate term) -- War-making limits: presidential downsizing -- Item veto -- Fairness to all: making the presidency possible for Americans who are not "natural-born" -- The error of lifetime tenure -- Fixed terms -- Not-so-early retirement -- A balanced bench -- Power of the purse -- 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 21st century -- An American history of service: military calls and civilian supplements -- The case for Universal National Service (UNS) -- UNS and America's future -- The caution light blinks steadily -- Dissatisfaction with the status quo -- Look who's talking -- Rasmussen Poll on the proposed new constitution -- 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 -- Getting there from here -- The U.S. Constitution and amendments
Summary Calls for revisions to the Constitution to restore equity for ordinary citizens and offers proposals to reinvigorate the document to incorporate changes to the structure of Congress, the Electoral College, the Supreme Court, and a mandatory national service

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