In “The Second Bill of Rights and the New Federalist Papers: Eleven Amendments to the United States Constitution and Fifty Papers that Present Them” (ISBN 0984876405), former MIT professor John Miller, and four anonymous authors, argue for a Second Bill of Rights that would restore the Founders’ vision of an American republic based on individual freedom and liberty. George Washington noted that “if evil is to arise [from the Constitution], the remedy must come [from those with] the advantage of experience.” This book is a thoughtful attempt to provide such a remedy – to repair minor imperfections in the Constitution that have been revealed by 225 years of experience with factions (special interests). Its 50 essays draw attention to principles that unite us, rather than divide us.
An introduction by Seth Lipsky, founder of the New York Sun and a former member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, distinguishes this book from scores of previous efforts focused on narrow gripes. “What makes Miller’s Second Bill of Rights and The New Federalist Papers different” Lipsky says, “is that they are a holistic attempt to repair what [Miller] and his co-authors perceive as flaws revealed by two centuries of experience.”
At a time of widespread political disagreement, constitutional questions are increasingly part of the national debate. “The Second Bill of Rights and the New Federalist Papers” offer a humble path to restore the original balance among citizens, the States and the national government. The first four proposed amendments, “The Liberty Rights Amendments” (1 – 4) offer what Miller calls “a practical way to ‘reboot’ the constitutional computer back to the Founders’ vision (but applied this time to all) – citizens blessed with freedom and liberty in the midst of defined federal and state power.” “The Finance and Revenue Amendments” (5 – 6) require the government to do (for the first time) what it requires of others, timely financial statements five weeks before elections – a schedule that favors voters. “The Citizenship and Representation Amendments” (7 – 8) offer a constitutional path forward on residence and naturalization; a technological end to gerrymandering; and representation in Maryland for citizens of Washington DC. “The Federalism Amendments” (9 – 11) make technical amendments in jurisdiction and provide for transition.
“Our founding document has been pushed forward and backward, up and down, left and right,” Miller says. “The Second Bill of Rights restores the original principles of freedom and liberty under the Rule of Law.”
“The Second Bill of Rights and the New Federalist Papers: Eleven Amendments to the United States Constitution and Fifty Papers that Present Them” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: John B. Miller is a former professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT. He has three degrees from MIT as well as a law degree and an advanced degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law. For over thirty years, he has worked in the construction industry in the United States and abroad.
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