We the People: Is the United States Constitution Obsolete?

Kevin Bleyer defends his humorous re-interpretation of the United States Constitution in his book, “Me the People.”


| June 2012


In Me the People (Random House, 2012) Kevin Bleyer—Emmy Award-winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—has turned his formidable wit and unquestionable insight to the most significant literary event of the twenty-first, twentieth, nineteenth, and latter part of the eighteenth centuries: a complete rewrite of the United States Constitution. You’re welcome, America. In this excerpt from the book’s introduction, Bleyer explains how U.S. citizens have failed to see the flaws in this crucial document … or read it, for that matter. 

We have made a terrible mistake.

And by we, I mean you. You have made a terrible mistake. As a citizen of the United States of America, you have put your faith in a four-page document written by farmers, scrawled on animal skin, disseminated more than two centuries ago, conceived in desperation in the aftermath of war, composed in the language of the country it was intended to spurn, and, not for nothing, scribbled by hand with the quill of a goose.

And because you have made a terrible mistake, and because—lamentably—you and I together count as we, “we” have made a terrible mistake.

We the People.

But really, I blame you.

c burruss
12/15/2012 12:15:42 PM

Any jackass can kick down a barn door; it takes a carpenter to build one. Do you need further explanation Mr. Breyer?