As every American who’s ever taken the time to watch our government in (in)action knows, our more perfect union was founded on a profoundly imperfect document. As Kevin Bleyer points out, the Constitution itself points out on page one its nature as the result of an uncomfortable compromise. So, figuring out that “We the People” necessarily includes him, the Daily Show writer takes on the task of rewriting it. Me the People delves into the eccentric history of our founding document, like a revision of Richard Beeman’s Plain, Honest Men with more punch lines. The book finds Bleyer lunching with Antonin Scalia and doing intensive research like watching National Treasure on the Megabus. Along the way he takes field trips to Greece, the National Archives and Philly’s own Founding Fathers tourist sites. He’ll return to the Constitution Center to discuss the book (and, presumably, to apologize for implying that the place is kinda tacky).
Thu., July 5, 6 p.m., $5, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., 215-409-6700, constitutioncenter.org.