had this nation not existed. had america not been exceptional. some what we not now is not just for that continue gut to reach more people than ever before. is a said at the outset every country in the world has successful people. there have been other countries that have large militaries and big geopolitical importance other, nations with large economies and big companies. i truly believe that what separates us, not just from the other nations on the earth but other nations in history, is that here we have been united by the belief that every human being deserves the chance to achieve they're god-given potential to go as far as their talent and work will take them. if we ever were to lose that we will lose what makes us different. we'll still be big still be important, we'll still be powerful still be important to, still matter on the global stage, but we won't be as special. and i for one don't want to be part of the first generation of
americans that leaves the next worse off. i for one don't want to be part of the first generation of americans that has to turn to their children and explain to them why we got to grow up in the greatest country in human history but they will not have the same chance. now, i know there's a lot of narrative out there how divided the republican party -- how divided we are between republicans and democrats, how divided we are among our political feelings and ideas, and it's true. we have always been a pretty opinionated people as evidenced here tonight. that's the benefit of our freedom. but i believe that what unites us is even more important. no matter what your voter registration card says or who you voted for in the last election do. >> believe there's aunifying principle in america and it's the idea that every single human being should matter, everyone deserves to right to achieve the dreams they have for themselves and for their families. and that we will continue to endeavor to be the country that provides that people as the task of our time, and if we achieve
it not only will this be the greatest era in american history but the 21st century will be an american century, and that's why i took the time to write this book. tell is at a story of real people and their real challenges. i describe what has gone wrong in heir life what we're doing about it now and what we can do better. you'll notice in the book their many ideas that are bipartisan. they involve my collaboration with people of another party. colleagues like across coons in connecticut and corey booker in new jersey. many of our policy proposals really aren't partisan at all. particularly when it comes to higher education. you'll read hat but home working with major warner to make higher education more affordable working with corey booker of new jersey to provide more access to wi-fi and internet platforms and especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods. these are not easy to put on a bumper sticker. they don't win a lot of elections for you but they're
critical to the future of our country. so we still have time and space and we should debate the issue wes disagree on. but i hope that we can come together and cooperate on the essential issues 0 -- of our time because we have an extraordinary opportunity to usher in the most prosperous era in all of our history and that is saying a lot for a country with a history like ours. so i appreciate you all being here tonight. i look forward to talking to you in person more and thank you for this opportunity you have given me to address the book. thank you. [applause] [inaudible conversations] >> book to tv is on twitter and
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decided the government should have more power that paterson proposed bit less that whan madison proposed, and furthermore, it would depend more on local perspectives than madison wanted but less so than what patterson envisioned. that was not merely a splitting of differences. the framers blended divergent views and you can appreciate this if you read the notes on the constitutional convention. you can see them taking care to make sure that this compromise actually worked, that the different various pieces fit together into a coherent whole it was remarkable compromise for america of 1787. this was a people deeply skeptical of centralized power and fearful of creeping monarchism, yet they were in kettles separate need of a central authority. the constitution gave the government enough power to meet the existing crises but not so much as to overwhelm state and local authorities and.
over the inseeing two unders and more the american population grew from four million to over 300 million, and society changed, straining the original compromise and gradually forcing an effective revision of the governing charter new problems emerge and repeatedly the public decided that the power of the federal government had to grow to deal with new threats and grow it did. today, washington, dc has achieved the scope of centralized power that was envisioned in the virginia plan. for all intents and purposes the federal government can legislate whatever it sees fit. rarely does the supreme court remind washington of any constitutional limits. yet in this -- this where is we turn to the problem of corruption. the country never substantially revised the institutions that channel government's ever expanding powers. we have tinkered at the margin, tweaked the electoral college of the election of 1800, man
dealted the direction election of senators and of course expanded the franchise. nevertheless, for all of the growth in federal authority, the basic institutions remain largely as they were when the constitution went into effect in 1787. and from the madison union perspective this is a problem itch if institutions require a particular design in order to break and control the violence of faction, and serve the common good then it is imprudent to give greatly expanded powers to institutions that were originally intended to do much less. but that is exactly what we have done. >> you can watch this and other programs online at booktv.org.