By Kevin Bleyer
The usa structure promised a extra ideal Union. It’s a disgrace nobody troubled to write down a extra ideal Constitution—one that didn’t set off greater than centuries of arguments approximately what the darn factor really says.
Perfection is handy. a brand new, stronger structure is right here. and also you are keeping it.
But first, a few ancient context: within the eighteenth century, a attorney named James Madison collected his neighbors in Philadelphia and, over 4 lengthy months, wrote 4 brief pages: the structure of the USA of the USA. now not bad.
In the 19th century, a president named Abraham Lincoln freed a complete humans from the failings in that structure by way of signing the Emancipation Proclamation. lovely impressive.
And within the 20th century, a physician on the Bethesda Naval medical institution added a baby—but not only any child. simply because within the twenty-first century, that child may turn into a guy, that guy might turn into a patriot, and that patriot may rescue a rustic . . . by means of single-handedly rewriting that Constitution.
Why? we expect of our structure because the painstakingly designed blueprint drawn up via, in Thomas Jefferson’s phrases, an “assembly of demigods” who laid the root for the sturdiest republic ever created. in point of fact, it used to be no blueprint in any respect yet an Etch A comic strip, a haphazard sequence of mistakes, shaken fresh and redrawn numerous instances in the course of a summer time of petty debates, drunken ramblings, and determined compromise—as a lot the made of an “assembly of demigods” as a confederacy of dunces.
No ask yourself George Washington needed it “had been made extra perfect.” No ask yourself Benjamin Franklin stomached it basically “with all its faults.” The structure they wrote is a sizzling mess. For starters, it doesn’t point out slavery, or democracy, or maybe fb; it performs favorites one of the states; it has typos, smudges, and misspellings; and its Preamble, its most famed passage, used to be written through a guy with a peg leg. Which, should you give it some thought, provides our structure infrequently a leg to face on.
[Pause for laughter.]
Now cease giggling. since you carry on your palms no mere e-book, however the most crucial record of our time. Its writer, Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer, paid each expense, bore each burden, and stored each receipt in his quest to guarantee the salvation of our nation’s founding constitution. He flew to Greece, the birthplace of democracy. He bused to Philly, the house of independence. He went toe-to-toe (face-to-face) with Scalia. He extra nightly confabs with James Madison to his day-by-day consultations with Jon Stewart. He tracked down now not one yet John Hancocks—to make his model two times as reputable. He even learn the structure of the United States.
So organize yourselves, fellow patriots, for the main major literary occasion of the twenty-first, 20th, 19th, and latter a part of the eighteenth centuries. Me the folk won’t simply shape a extra ideal Union. it's going to keep America.
Praise for Me the People
“I could particularly learn a structure written through Kevin Bleyer than by way of the sharpest minds within the country.”—Jon Stewart
“Bleyer takes a pink pencil to democracy’s so much hallowed laundry record. . . . Uproarious and fascinating.”—Reader’s Digest
“I knew James Madison. James Madison used to be a pal of mine. Mr. Bleyer, you're no James Madison. yet you convinced are a heck of much more fun.”—Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of the number 1 New York occasions bestseller Team of Rivals
From the Hardcover edition.