Rethinking the Finality of and Democracy in the American Constitution

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Is the United States Constitution a sacred and absolute document? Dahl (2001) argued that the Constitution is not perfect or permanent in his book, How Democratic is the American Constitution. He stresses that his main aim is not to propose that the Constitution must be amended, but to facilitate readers in changing how they think about the Constitution. In order to help people rethink the Constitution, Dahl (2001) explained the limitations of its Framers and the Constitution’s not widely known undemocratic aspects. The strengths of the book are its ethos or reputation of the author that establishes his credibility, informal writing style that can appeal to more people, its consideration of a number of undemocratic aspects of the …show more content…
Is the United States Constitution a sacred and absolute document? Dahl (2001) argued that the Constitution is not perfect or permanent in his book, How Democratic is the American Constitution. He stresses that his main aim is not to propose that the Constitution must be amended, but to facilitate readers in changing how they think about the Constitution. In order to help people rethink the Constitution, Dahl (2001) explained the limitations of its Framers and the Constitution’s not widely known undemocratic aspects. The strengths of the book are its ethos or reputation of the author that establishes his credibility, informal writing style that can appeal to more people, its consideration of a number of undemocratic aspects of the Constitution that makes it open to changes, and its recognition of the limitations of the Framers, while its weaknesses are its lack of further depth of discussion on the undemocratic aspects of the Constitution and it does not provide sufficient empirical evidence on what democratic aspects of a democratic republican will work for the unique and diverse values, beliefs, and practices of Americans.
When someone even thinks, moreover, asserts, that the American Constitution is flawed, it may be safe to imagine numerous Americans who would spring up in its defense, but Dahl (2001) knew how to appease them because he is not new or unknowledgeable to the topic given his education and expertise in political science. Dahl (2001) has ethos by virtue of