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1 of 6 In the book, A More Perfect Constitution, Larry Sabato outlines several ways he believes the United States Constitution could be better represented. As someone who believes the Constitution to be a pretty good compass to navigate government I was a little skeptical of the book after reading the ti- tle. As I read the book, however, I found myself agreeing with a lot of the suggestions. I realized that the author’s intent is not to alter the constitution but rather better represent it. In the following paragraphs I will outline some of the suggestions I agreed with and some I believe should be left as is. Some of the changes Larry Sabato suggests have to do with improving the function of the Unites States Congress. In the first chapter of the book the author talks about several different ways to improve the Senate in partic- ular. The suggestion that stood out to me the most was the idea to appoint all former Presidents and Vice Presidents to the new office of “National Senator.” Larry makes a great case by pointing out that former leaders are relegated to substantially less influential roles post presidency. This often in- cludes expanding their personal libraries or pursuing private ventures such as speaking tours. The author also mentions that ex-presidents would be more effective in reaching across party lines. I agree with this assessment also. Throughout my adult life I have observed George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush achieve a greater popularity with the opposite party post presidency. Although I believe a National Senate would be a great asset I’m not convinced how many ex-presidents would be motivated to partici- pate. As Sabato mentions himself after leaving the White House former presi-
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2 of 6 dents tend to focus on private ventures. I think for some the 8 years of office can create so much stress that private ventures and personal libraries are all they want to concern themselves with going forward. Another thing Larry Sabato makes an argument for to improve Con- gress is to lengthen House terms to 3 years (from 2) and set Senate terms to coincide with all Presidential elections, so the entire House and Senate would be elected at the same time as the President. His argument for this change is that it would improve the function of the executive and legislative branches. I
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