“We describe ourselves very proudly as a democracy. The preamble of the constitution, which I think is a wonderful preamble. I think we ought to think about it almost literally everyday and ask, well, to what extent is government organized to realize the noble visions of the preamble. The preamble begins â€œWe The Peopleâ€ itâ€™s a notion of a people who can engage in self-determination.
What I have discovered is a real fear of popular government. I think that for a variety of reasons having to do with the nature of politics in recent years, there is this incredible mistrust of people who donâ€™t share your views, and you think that theyâ€™re out in some ways to wreck the country. . .
If you actually talk to Americans in their own homes in their own workplaces, itâ€™s not that everybody agrees, but they arenâ€™t so polarized as our current political system is. And there really is the opportunity to create a more democratic politics but I think frankly ,and somewhat sadly, more and more people are losing that faith in popular government.”
– Sanford Levinson on PBS’s Bill Moyers’ Journal