compares the U.S. Constitution to the constitutions of the 50 states and argues that in many ways the state constitutions are better. Professor Levinson
teaches at School of Law of University of Texas at Austin.
He challenges our beliefs that the most important features of our constitutions concern what rights they protect. Instead, he focuses on the fundamental procedures of governance such as congressional bicameralism
and the selection of the President by the electoral college
, or the dimensions of the President's veto power
. He mentions the near impossibility of amending the United States Constitution
. These seemingly permanent structures contribute to the now almost universally recognized dysfunctionality
of American politics.
Source: Framed: America's Fifty-One Constitutions And The Crisis Over Governance
The King's Speech by King George VI
Hear the original King's Speech delivered by King George VI
on September 3, 1939.
Source: The King's Speech
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