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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 eighteen
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Random House (first published January 1st 2012)
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I won this book via Goodreads First Reads giveaway program.

When I first saw this book listed on Goodreads, I was curious. After all, most Americans love the Constitution (well the ones who know what it says, anyway). It’s the oldest constitution around, which is something to be proud of. So how can there be room for improvement?

What I didn’t know until receiving this in the mail was that Bleyer is a writer for The Daily Show. With that being said, this book was fun, funny, educational, and ente
First, the good: The idea behind this book, that the Constitution needs revisiting is one with merit. As Bleyer points out, many of the Founders (notably Jefferson) thought it should be done with regularity (and throughout US history, people such as Lysander Spooner have pointed out the wisdom of that idea). Bleyer also includes lots of great anecdotes - many about the Founders that aren't usually known outside history-geek circles as well as some about living people that are highly entertaining ...more
There is little debate that the U.S. Constitution is the foundational document of our nation, establishing the structure of our government and dictating how it should function. However, many have come to view the Constitution as somehow sacred, imbued with timeless wisdom, the ultimate authority on how we are to govern ourselves. It hasn’t always been thus. Thomas Jefferson believed that every generation should start over, throwing away the previous work and starting over to create a new constit ...more
This book is basically a one-joke premise. The joke is the Constitution is a flawed document not worth keeping so the wise, patriotic, supersmart author will now fix everything that's wrong and make it perfect. Unfortunately, I found the joke more obnoxious than anything else. One chapter, on the judiciary, where the author had a lunch and conversation with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and learns that not only is Scalia really well-versed in the subject but also a rather funny man, work ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book because my attitude going in was clouded by my dislike of the Daily Show (the smirking "we know better than you" really drives me nuts.) But, Kevin Bleyer has done a great service here in marching through the creation of the Constitution and the debates/discussion/drunken tirades that accompanied the different articles or amendments.

My only complaint is that he comes with an "of course" point of view that the States are fully subservient to the Federal go
I didn't read this thoroughly, just kind of skimmed and read here and there. It's very funny but also very informative. The author is a writer for a comedy commentator (Bill Maher?). He made suggestions for how to modernize the constitution, and he made a lot of points about how the constitution really isn't clear as to what the founders meant or how the founders didn't really agree and this was the best they could come up with. The House of Representatives originally had one representative for ...more
Angie Kregg
I received my copy of the book through the Firstreads program.

Not being an aficionado of politics in the slightest, I was unsure as to what my initial reaction would be after finishing this book. I had never read the Constitution, nor did I care to. I had never even considered voting, and was never interested on the impact our founding documents had on our modern day government.

This book completely changed all of that. I have not laughed so hard, yet learned so much in such a short amount of tim
I would give some parts of this book a five, while other sections (while still great), I'd only give a four. This book is very funny--laugh out loud funny--and I, being a lover of Stephen Colbert, thoroughly enjoyed the humor in this book.

I strongly appreciate the history that is woven into the book. It is very informational, and while I was already aware of much of the history presented (thank you, college American Heritage class), I still learned a ton about our country's founding. Bleyer def
Drew Danko
This is a strange book written by a strange man. Bleyer was a writer for the Daily Show and Bill Maher's show which might give you a clue as to the kind of mind this guy possesses.

He writes about his attempt to rewrite the U.S. Constitution with tongue in cheek(I hope)in order to correct all its flaws. Humor is spread throughout the book, somtimes very witty and funny and at other times kind of juvenile. I enjoyed reading about the backstory to the writing of the constitution, but was somewhat
The Constitution of the United States of America is the greatest document ever written. But despite all the beauty which lies within, it also possesses some flaws. In Me The People, Kevin Bleyer embraces these flaws head-on. I chose this book because I am a constitutionalist myself, and I really wanted to know what this guy had to say about the constitution. I actually had a lot of doubts about this book before I started it. Who does this guy think he is, rewriting the greatest document in the w ...more
So...what to say about this book? Everyone has taken a U.S history course at some point in his or her life. Some of us have maybe wondered about how legitimate all these ancient documents are in relation to the world that we live in today. That is basically what this book asks and attempts to answer.

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are what our entire legal system is based off of. What happens when the documents were supposed to be rewritten every decade or so to fit the times? Yeah. Tha
The author belabored the beginning a bit too much, and it took me until after the first 20 pages to get the rhythm of his humor and the intent of the book, but once those points settled out I loved the book. It's about the writing of the constitution, and the amendments, etc. The authors of the constitution never intended it to be permanent, as they had no road map to writing one, they fully intended to make improvements. And yet, here it is 200+ years later and we're still abiding by it. The hu ...more
Heard about this book on the Diane Rehm Show 11 Jun 2012 in an interview with Bleyer. The concept intrigued me, and the author (a writer on the Daily Show) came across well enough on the radio.

Bleyer is a bit more smug in print; trying too hard at times to be clever in the process of both recounting the Founding Fathers' struggle to write the Constitution as well as his own travails in re-writing it. I have a feeling the modern-day elements/humour are not going to age well at all; but I did app
Patrick L.
A very humorous look at the history behind our Constitution and its painful process of being written. It points out more than anything the supreme effort it took to work through the entire document with nothing but continual compromises and something that all of the delegates held their noses while signing with one even refusing to put his name to such an abysmal document. Looks like compromise is sometimes the best thing going!
Wow, who knew that reading about the Constitution could be so much fun and so interesting too.
Kevin Bleyer is not the first to take on this dauntless task as he states in his Foreword, so you're already more knowledgeable than most of your friends after reading only 2 1/2 pages....what a deal.
And in taking on this subject that most of us have carefully avoided even when we were supposed to be studying about it, or grown weary of hearing simple minded interpretations by people who think they "own
Jamison Ousley
This book got a powerful endorsement from Jon Stewart. This isn't surprising, since Bleyer is an Emmy-winning writer for the Daily Show, and a former writer for Politically Incorrect and The Dennis Miller Show. The premise of the book is that Bleyer has decided to rewrite the Constitution, since it's a good 200 years overdue for a Jefferson-dated retinkering. As a result, you spend 300 pages learning about the constituion while laughing your heart out. And before you think this is some kind of l ...more
This book is a bit of a mess. There are several parts that are insightful, entertaining, and sometimes brilliantly written. These are unfortunately, overwhelmed by numerous passages that ooze a bit too much snark, juvenile humor, or sometimes pointless additions. It's okay for the first hundred pages or so, but it gets monotonous after a while. I would have liked to have seen the author focus more on the history of the Constitution and the various debates that have arisen about it and the variou ...more
This book was a hilarious discussion of all of the silly things about the Constitution, and also the silly things about our history as a country. There are quite a few running jokes throughout the book, which makes it even more enjoyable. The whole book was a lot of fun.
I won this book as a Good reads "first read" ARC. I like to read history related books on occasion. but part of the trouble was finding one that could hold my interest. some history books are like those mind numbing "dry read" text books we had read way back in school when I went back in the sixties and seventies. I sure wish this book by Kevin Bleyer had been around then. this is a real treat of a History related book. Kevin Bleyer takes us through the constitution with humor and fun facts. at ...more
Erik Larson
Pretty funny but I did actually learn alot about the founders. I have read books about Washington, Adams, Jefferson...But this adds a whole new aspect of the work that went into building our nation. Very funny but alittle sad as well. I think our politians in washington should read more about what actually happened and what the founders actually thought of their work rather then just assume what they thought and assume that these "great" men were somehow all knowing....
It was a hard book to fini
Leah Wescott
Oh, Kevin Bleyer, you're just so smart and clever it hurts me a little bit. You make me laugh and you make me angry about how messed up our political leaders were and will ever be. Reading your book is like walking a tight rope between comedy and horror. Dogma wrote the Constitution and bureaucrats protect it (the piece of paper "it"). I pray that your common sense version of democracy (of the actively voting people, by the reasonable people and for me the people) will come to be.

Disclaimer: I
I really wanted to like this book. I guess it wasn't what I was expecting. What I was hoping for was an actual attempt to examine the constitution and make it better. That's sort of subjective I guess and maybe Kevin Bleyer really thought that what he was writing was better but the presentation was so juvenile that it was very hard to take seriously. Yes, I know it was supposed to be comedic but it really wasn't funny enough to be a comedy. There were parts that I guess were mildly amusing but c ...more
I'm a bit of a con law junkie and love reading about American history, so this book was completely up my alley. Kevin Bleyer does a great job of marshaling both the important and the quirky parts of the Founding Fathers mythology and history to show just how ridiculous some aspects of the Constitution are, and why some changes might be in order. And then he makes those changes, in a fashion that turned out to be pretty funny. Bleyer is a writer for the Daily Show, and it's obvious—the book reads ...more
Susan Billingsley
This book starts with a funny premise and does a good job of making light of his obnoxiousness. It could, though, have gotten it's point across and maintained the humor in half the length. Knowing Kevin Bleyer's past, this would have made an excellent spoof on the Daily Show or been a funny soapbox for a short clip, but the book just becomes obnoxious and what was funny at the beginning just seems ful of gall and juvenile by the end. My recommendation is to flip through, get the gist and maybe l ...more
Beth Olson shultz
This book was very funny. Mr. Bleyer has an outstanding sense of comedy in rewriting the Constitution for today. You definitely do not take it seriously! A good book from the library.
Rachel Seelig
I was hoping for a bigger, funnier, constitutional re-write. The changes were around the edges, even at his Rhode Island-hating funniest. Pro: picking on RI instead of Vermont.
I'm very much afraid that the funniest part of this book was the quote on the back. I appreciate the research that went into this, but the "interviews" reminded me too much of that part of The Daily Show that really gets on my nerves - the so-called interviews where they make fun of the interviewee or throw in a "gotcha" question. In this case, though, I think you need someone with more on the ball to go head-to-head with Justice Scalia. The book is a mish-mash of research with humorous comments ...more
First Read Win//// I remember reading parts of the constitution in school and thought this might be interesting to read. Especially if someone is trying to change it. I thought the book would turn out to be serious and sort of uninteresting. But when i started to read it, it became interesting and quite funny to read. He didn't really rewrite it more like he modeled it or gave it a make over. Throughout each amendment he made sure to point out flaws and things the way he would change them. I sug ...more
Funny and interesting book analyzing the Constitution of the United States. A little overwhelming - had to read a chapter at a time.
Dick Hamilton
I actually took a book out of the library last Saturday on the constitution, a subject I had long thought about but never pursued. So then I received Me the People in the mail. As a result, I started with the, shall I say, more entertaining version of the constitution. Nicholas Cage was mocked three times in the first 90 pages so I was hooked.

Okay, finished the book. Very entertaining, his lunch with Justice Scalia is to die for. Thoroughly enjoyable and he definitely wrote a better constitutio
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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 Coun ...more
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