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Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America

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The United States Constitution promised a More Perfect Union. It’s a shame no one bothered to write a more perfect Constitution—one that didn’t trigger more than two centuries of arguments about what the darn thing actually says.

 

Until now.  

 

Perfection is at hand. A new, improved Constitution is here. And you are holding it.

 

But first, some historical context: In the eighteenth century, a lawyer named James Madison gathered his friends in Philadelphia and, over four long months, wrote four short pages: the Constitution of the United States of America. Not bad.

 

In the nineteenth century, a president named Abraham Lincoln freed an entire people from the flaws in that Constitution by signing the Emancipation Proclamation.  Pretty impressive.

 

And in the twentieth century, a doctor at the Bethesda Naval Hospital delivered a baby—but not just any baby. Because in the twenty-first century, that baby would become a man, that man would become a patriot, and that patriot would rescue a country . . . by single-handedly rewriting that Constitution.

 

Why? We think of our Constitution as the painstakingly designed blueprint drawn up by, in Thomas Jefferson’s words, an “assembly of demigods” who laid the foundation for the sturdiest republic ever created. The truth is, it was no blueprint at all but an Etch A Sketch, a haphazard series of blunders, shaken clean and redrawn countless times during a summer of petty debates, drunken ramblings, and desperate compromise—as much the product of an “assembly of demigods” as a confederacy of dunces.

 

No wonder George Washington wished it “had been made more perfect.” No wonder Benjamin Franklin stomached it only “with all its faults.” The Constitution they wrote is a hot mess. For starters, it doesn’t mention slavery, or democracy, or even Facebook; it plays favorites among the states; it has typos, smudges, and misspellings; and its Preamble, its most famous passage, was written by a man with a peg leg. Which, if you think about it, gives our Constitution hardly a leg to stand on.

 

[Pause for laughter.]

 

Now stop laughing. Because you hold in your hands no mere book, but the most important document of our time. Its creator, Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer, paid every price, bore every burden, and saved every receipt in his quest to assure the salvation of our nation’s founding charter. He flew to Greece, the birthplace of democracy. He bused to Philly, the home of independence. He went toe-to-toe (face-to-face) with Scalia. He added nightly confabs with James Madison to his daily consultations with Jon Stewart. He tracked down not one but two John Hancocks—to make his version twice as official. He even read the Constitution of the United States.

 

So prepare yourselves, fellow patriots, for the most significant literary event of the twenty-first, twentieth, nineteenth, and latter part of the eighteenth centuries. Me the People won’t just form a More Perfect Union. It will save America.

Review:

"An Emmy Award — winning writer for The Daily Show, Kevin Bleyer does the unthinkable and rewrites the United States Constitution in his sharp and intensely witty latest effort that shows listeners just how out of date the American system of government is and what can be done to get with the times. Turning in a skillful and hilarious performance, Bleyer never fails to antagonize both left and right as he cuts into modern government and its officials. Bleyer's tone is sharp and cynical, but to his credit, he never sounds angry or confrontational. His approach is from a comedic perspective, but — luckily for listeners — he also has an important message: America is out of touch with itself. An endlessly enjoyable listening experience. A Random House hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Emmy Award winner Kevin Bleyer is an Emmy Award–winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, for which he has won multiple Emmy Awards. Before rewriting the Constitution, Bleyer co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller Earth: The Book, and negotiated bipartisan consensus as a writer and producer for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and Dennis Miller. Since 2008, he has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, so he secretly runs the government already. Bleyer lives in New York, where he regularly poses for portraits.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449009130
Author:
Bleyer, Kevin
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Humor-Politics and Business
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Six CD
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.9 x 5.09 x 1.1 in 0.6 lb

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An Emmy Award — winning writer for The Daily Show, Kevin Bleyer does the unthinkable and rewrites the United States Constitution in his sharp and intensely witty latest effort that shows listeners just how out of date the American system of government is and what can be done to get with the times. Turning in a skillful and hilarious performance, Bleyer never fails to antagonize both left and right as he cuts into modern government and its officials. Bleyer's tone is sharp and cynical, but to his credit, he never sounds angry or confrontational. His approach is from a comedic perspective, but — luckily for listeners — he also has an important message: America is out of touch with itself. An endlessly enjoyable listening experience. A Random House hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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