“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century opens with this popular quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Chemerinsky’s plea to “develop and defend and fight for a progressive vision” of the Constitution.
Chemerinsky describes the conservative vision of the Constitution as:
· strongly pro-law enforcement, favoring the government and police over the constitutional rights of criminal defendants
· powerfully pro-business, favoring the interests of corporations over those of employees and consumers
· a vision regarding race discrimination as a thing of the past and opposing race-conscious actions to remedy the legacy of discrimination and achieve diversity
· a vision rejecting the notion of separation of church and state
· a vision strongly opposing constitutional protection of reproductive freedom for women and approving any and all restrictions on abortion rights
But what, precisely, is the “alternative progressive vision for the Constitution” that Chemerinsky presents? You’ll have to read on to find out…
We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century is now available on the New Books shelf, next to the reference desk.