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Archive for October, 2007

Universal National Service

The Case for a Constitution "Bill of Responsibilities"

, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned that almost everyone takes some time to absorb new ideas, especially a big one like a second Constitutional Convention. The hidebound nature of humanity, and the deep polarization that currently exists in American society, make most people inherently suspicious of any novel proposal. That’s understandable, but I hope […]

Wrapping Up the National Constitutional Convention

Non-partisan Discussion Explores Potential Reforms

On Friday, October 19, 2007 the Center for Politics hosted the National Constitutional Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. With nearly 500 registered participants, the day-long event featured discussion and analysis of constitutional reform from some of the top government officials, academics, politicians, legal scholars and members of the media. For our readers […]

A Missing Constitutional Link?

Politics and Its Place in Our Governing Document

, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

Many would argue that, in many respects, today’s political system is broken, and there is currently no reasonable prospect of fixing it. Our schedule of presidential primaries and caucuses is a mess, giving too much power to an unrepresentative few with undue influence over the party nominees. Because it would require taking on entrenched interests, […]

The Latest California Trend

Changing the Electoral Vote?

, Senior Columnist

It would not be surprising if the most important single primary in 2008 takes place in California. But don’t look for it to be the presidential primary on Super-Duper Tuesday Feb. 5. Look instead to the state primary on June 3, up to now a low-profile event that could become fraught with significance if some […]

Perfecting the Presidency

Ideas for Terms, War-making Powers and More

, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

Last week the Crystal Ball looked at potential constitutional changes aimed at building on the Founders’ congressional model and improving the nation’s legislative body to make it more representative, more responsive and its elections more competitive. Naturally, the next step is to examine the office of the Chief Executive. The Constitution’s brilliance and originality have […]